Patients who need to obtain protection against travel-associated health risks can register their details online, or at the pharmacy, and based on their medical history and planned itinerary, the tool will determine which vaccines and/or antimalarials are recommended.
The pharmacist is expected to supplement the information provided by the system, using their own knowledge as trained travel health clinicians, to help the patient decide which protection to get. Once a decision has been made, the pharmacist selects, on the tool, the vaccines and/or antimalarials the patient wants and can dispense the medication and administer the vaccines on the authority of a set of ETool PGDs.
To use the ETool the pharmacist must have sourced and completed suitable practical and online training and submit a declaration of their competency, ECG can support you with this. The pharmacist will also have to view tutorials on using the system, to ensure they are confident when consulting their first patients. Once these steps have been completed the pharmacist will be ready to launch their new vaccination clinic.
Stages of the eTool consultation:
1. Pharmacist registers traveller
Pharmacists take the patient to the consultation room, log into their account and enter the patient’s personal information, details of the planned itinerary, medical and vaccine history. If the patient has already registered at home the pharmacist can ask the patient for their consultation code to locate their details.
2. Travel health advice
The system works out which vaccines and antimalarials the patient should consider and the pharmacist offers further advice so the patient is aware of all potential risks.
3. Patient decides
Having received all the information on the diseases and vaccines/medicine, the patient tells the pharmacist which protection they want and the pharmacist enters the details of this decision onto the ETool.
4. Consent and supply
The system generates a summary of the consultation and a consent form which can be printed and signed or, if the patient has their own account, they can enter their password to give their consent. The pharmacist can then supply the desired vaccines/medicine and administer the vaccinations via PGD, charging the patient accordingly.
How much does it cost?
The ETool costs £500 (PharmaDoctor base price). Savings with Valneva VIP Programme and/or ECG. There are reduced fees for pharmacists registered with the Valneva in Partnership (VIP) Programme or ECG. £250 for the first pharmacist and £199 for all subsequent pharmacists. For VIP membership visitvip.valnevauk.com (membership is free and carries no obligation).
What are the setup requirements?
Health care professionals would have to complete the following steps before they would be eligible to use the ETool:
ETool Consultation Scenarios
To ensure their competency users are asked to complete dummy consultations on the ETool, thus allowing them to familiarise themselves with the main features before conducting their first consultations.
Health care professionals need to ensure they are qualified and have the requisite vaccination skills to offer a travel health service. PharmaDoctor does not run vaccination skills training courses so it is the responsibility of the healthcare professional to source this. We at ECG provide this and will ensure you have all the confidence and competence in the clinical skills required.
Disease awareness training
It is a requirement for all pharmacists intending to use the ETool to complete the Valneva online travel health training, which is available for free as part of their new VIP programme at vip.valnevauk.com.
NaTHNaC training to become a yellow fever vaccine clinic
Healthcare professionals must contact NaTHNaC and complete their relevant training courses to become a registered yellow fever vaccination clinic and subsequently upload their registration details to the ETool before the system will advise on yellow fever vaccines.
If you have any questions please contact us to discuss this further.
Written by Jane Lambert (CEO) 19th April 2018