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Men ACWY for freshers (missed cohort) - updated FAQ

Further to previous communication on this issue please see below a self-explanatory communication from the GPC. I am copying in your CCG contract managers who I hope will all be able to confirm that practices will indeed be remunerated for this additional work.

As you may recall we sent a message out in October about the missed cohort of Men ACWY vaccination for freshers. NHS Employers’ FAQ in relation to this has now been updated to accommodate those who left school but may be older than 17 or 18 but don’t fall in to the freshers programme. This is to ensure practices are remunerated for vaccinating these patients.

The updated FAQ reads as follows:

Q: What about teenagers and young adults who left school in the last term of the 2015/16 school year and may be going to university in autumn 2015 but do not meet the age criteria for the two MenACWY programmes?

A: Children who finished school year 13 in August 2015, but are either younger or older than the normal age and are therefore outside the cohorts defined in the specification are expected to be at similar risk to their peers. As these patients fall outside of the eligible cohorts defined by the NHS England service specifications, they would not covered by the automated data collections. Where these children self-present for vaccination, practices should discuss the vaccination of these patients with their commissioner on a case-by-case basis. In line with established procedures, where the practice and commissioner agree to the amendment the commissioner will adjust the practice achievement.

In the spirit of the agreement, we would expect these practices to be remunerated for vaccinating these patients

All of NHS Employers’ FAQs on vaccinations and immunisations are available here:

http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/primary-care-contacts/general-medical-services/faqs-and-queries/vi-faqs

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