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Immunisation Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful applicants will be dynamic, highly motivated individuals, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work autonomously and as a member of the Immunisation team. As a V& I Nurse you will be working as part of pro-active skill mix team who are committed to delivering high quality services to children, young people and their families. Travelling in your own vehicle across the city.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public health with regard to vaccination & immunisation principles of the national childhood and adult programmes, with a commitment to reducing health inequalities.

Main duties of the job

The responsibilities of a member of the nurse led immunisation team will be to support the national childhood immunisation programme and at times respond to disease outbreaks. This will involve the planning, delivery and optimisation of the national routine immunisation programmes.

Immunisations will be undertaken during campaigns to school age children, specifically MMR, HPV, Meningitis, School Leaver Booster, Influenza vaccinations and Other vaccinations as directed by NHS England

The post holder will also deliver out of schedule vaccinations in accordance with the TheGreen Book following the latest information on vaccines and vaccination procedures to ensure children are protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

The service delivers vaccines across the 0-19 year olds and 0-25 for children with specialist educational needs.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As an integral part of a nurse led Immunisation Team the post holder will receive supervision and guidance around clinical activity from the Caseload Holder and Immunisation Team Leader. The post holder will be responsible for undertaking comprehensive vaccination to include:

Children 0-5 years who have fallen out of schedule with their primary immunisations

School Age Children in schools, special schools, home or Alternative Education Provisions as commissioned by NHS England to include delivery of an education session/ assembly to the appropriate school years

Health care staff seasonal flu vaccination

Prophylactic anti-viral medication and mass vaccination in outbreak/ pandemic situations

Expansion of the public health agenda i.e. introduction of new vaccines, associated health promotion campaigns

The post holder will:

Individually assess clients prior to vaccination. This may require analysis of whether to defer or refer on, including review of current health status, clinical condition, current medication and reference to national policy under the guidance and supervision of the V& I Coordinator/Team Leader.

Must have undertaken appropriate training for working under the current terms of a PGD before working to it.

Must have undertaken appropriate training for working under PGDs forsupply/administration of medicines

Ensure they are up to date with relevant issues and clinical skills relating to immunisation and management of anaphylaxis, with evidence of appropriate Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Give prescribed vaccines and anti-viral medication as authorised via Patient Group Directions

Maintain clinical standards ensuring hand hygiene is performed before and after every client contact, that vaccination takes place in a safe environment equipment / emergency drugs are in date and accessible, reporting any concerns to the Caseload Holder/Team Leader.

Co-ordinate delivery of vaccines and equipment to the community clinics from the Medicines Management Distribution Centre

Adhere to policy and practice to ensure safe storage, handling preparation and administration of vaccines and medication

Be accountable for ensuring cold chain maintenance during the transport of vaccines and for any fridges or cold chain porters used for transportation

Act as a resource increasing the pool of knowledge around immunisation

Contribute towards a reduction of clinical risk, preventing significant events, acting upon them and the associated cost implications of dealing with errors e.g. setting up recall clinics

Person Specification



  • Registered 1st Level Nurse
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in relation to clinical practice competencies, including consent and emergency anaphylaxis and basic life support management


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience.



  • Evidence of continuing clinical experience working within Primary Care
  • Knowledge and understanding of public health with regard to vaccination and immunisation principles and the national Immunisation programmes
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding procedures to Protect children and adults and the issues and implications for practice.
  • Understanding of the professional code of conduct.
  • Evidence of professional knowledge and research based nursing


  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working with children



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change Oriented



  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own and team members work when required.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Effective time management skills and ability to prioritise workload and work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective partnership working.
  • Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to fulfil the travel requirements for this post i.e. travel for work purposes independently across localities and be able to assist in manoeuvring and carriage of equipment to vaccination sites i.e. vaccine porters.
  • Flexibility in availability to meet the needs of the service. During times of increased service pressure flexible working hours including early morning planned sessions and occasional early evening and weekend work may be required.


  • Evidence of involvement in teaching or group work.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Power Point package

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust



Summers Road


L3 4BL

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