Providing work-related vaccinations to practice staff

The CNSGP scheme will not usually indemnify work-related vaccinations for practice staff - unlike the MDU.

NHS Resolution has indicated that providing work-related vaccinations to practice staff would not usually fall within the scope of the CNSGP scheme, as such services are not generally provided under a GMS, PMS or APMS contract.

We understand that some practices routinely offer flu vaccinations, or occasionally hepatitis B vaccinations, to members of the clinical team, or blood tests to check antibody levels.

Our position is that indemnity for providing such services to staff working at the practice is included within the benefits of MDU membership, available to our GP members at no additional charge (including where such services are provided by nurses or phlebotomists based at the practice). It is important that all GP partners have their own indemnity in place in respect of their potential vicarious liability for such services.

Dr Matthew Lee, MDU professional services director, says:

'Many members have told us it is easier for practices to ensure their staff have vaccinations, such as flu or hepatitis B vaccinations, if offered to them within the practice. We want to help our members, and as this is not covered by state indemnity, we include indemnity for it within the benefits of membership.

'We ask members in practices where GPs or other clinical colleagues are providing work-related clinical services to members of the practice team to follow their normal procedures for dealing with unregistered patients. They need to ensure they make a full assessment of each staff member's suitability for the vaccine; for example, by ruling out contraindications. Also, consent should be obtained in the usual way and notes made and kept. And assuming the staff member agrees, their normal registered GP should be advised that they have had the vaccination.'

Click here to find out what else MDU membership provides that state-backed indemnity will not.

This guidance was correct at publication 17/09/2019. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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