Survey of local immunisation training in England--the case for setting national standards

Cummins, A; Lane, L; Boccia, D; Crowcroft, NS; (2004) Survey of local immunisation training in England--the case for setting national standards. Communicable disease and public health / PHLS, 7 (4). pp. 267-71. ISSN 1462-1843

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: In June 2003 a questionnaire on immunisation training was sent to the 302 primary care trusts (PCTs) in England to ascertain the frequency and content of immunisation training being offered to healthcare professionals. Fifty-four per cent of the 227 trusts (75%) who replied were concerned about their ability to deliver an immunisation programme. Contributing factors included the lack of a designated training lead, shortage of specialist input, available time, and funding. Of PCTs, 33/219 (15%) were not providing immunisation training sessions for practice nurses, 28/219 (13%) for health visitors, and 30/219 (14%) for school nurses; 67/219 (31%) had no sessions organised for general practitioners. Most 138/175 (79%) PCTs would welcome the introduction of some national minimum standards for immunisation training to assist them in setting up and maintaining a programme, and allocating sufficient resources to it.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Keywords: England, Health Care Surveys, Health Personnel/*education, Humans, *Immunization, *Immunization Programs, Inservice Training/economics/*standards, *Primary Health Care, England, Health Care Surveys, Health Personnel, education, Humans, Immunization, Immunization Programs, Inservice Training, economics, standards, Primary Health Care
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Vaccine Centre
PubMed ID: 15779787


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