Introduction

The Trust is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its employees. We recognise that workplace immunisation programmes are essential to help reduce both the number of susceptible Health Care Workers (HCW) and the attendant risks for transmission of these diseases to other workers and patients.

This policy is based upon guidance from the Association of National Health Occupational Physicians (ANHOPS) Immunisation of Health Care Workers so as to promote a consistent immunisation approach and the Department of Health ‘Immunisation against Infectious Disease, The Green Book’ (2006). It also aims to comply with NICE and other authoritative guidelines.

 

Occupational Health and The Medicines Act

In accordance with the Medicines Act Occupational Health operate an Occupational Health scheme and as a result do not require Patient Group Directive (PGD’s) in order to supply or administer medicines to employees. Under the Prescriptions Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1997/1830/schedule/5/made) exemptions exist regarding prescription only medicines sold or supplied to a person operating an occupational health scheme in response to an order in writing signed by a doctor or a registered nurse.

The following 2 conditions apply;

  1. The supply shall be in the course of an occupational health scheme.
  2. The individual supplying the prescription only medicine, if not a doctor, shall be a registered nurse acting in accordance with the written instructions of a doctor as to the circumstances in which prescription only medicines of the description in question are to be used in the course of the occupational health scheme.

Appendix 1 lists the current medications / vaccinations included in the Occupational Health scheme which will be signed by the Occupational Health Physician.

 

Policy Details

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Compiled by: Nadine Williams, Occupational Health Manager
Ratified by: Drugs and Therapeutic Committee
Date Ratified: June 2017
Date Issued: June 2017
Review Date: January 2020
Target Audience: All Occupational Health staff administering medicine & vaccines
Contact name: Nadine Williams, Occupational Health Manager

 

See also:

  • Medicines Management Policy
  • Health clearance for Tuberculosis, hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV New healthcare workers (DH 2007)