This service requires GPs to deliver meningococcal B immunisation as part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule. This is covered in the additional services section of the GMS contract.
There is no need for a call and recall system.
Using the 2017 UK birth rate estimates, a practice of 5,000 patients will have approximately 60 births per annum and complete coverage would provide an income of around £1,800 each year.
This vaccination was introduced into the routine immunisation schedule in 2015. Meningitis B is responsible for 90% of meningococcal infections in the UK and has a mortality of about 10%. The peak incidence is at five months of age.
The primary course should be given at eight and then 16 weeks of age, with a booster at one year. However, the programme allows for catch-up in children with incomplete (or uncertain) vaccinations, who can be vaccinated on an opportunistic basis up to their second birthday.
Details on administration and payment for the Meningococcal B infant vaccination programme are given in the GMS Statement of Financial Entitlement Directions.1
The fee for administration is £10.06 per dose. The vaccine can be ordered through ImmForm at no cost to the practice. This portal link only works in Internet Explorer.
Assuming 60 births per annum for a typical 5,000-patient practice, maximum coverage with the full course of three doses could potentially earn the practice £1,800 a year.
Practices must be signed up as delivering the service or accepting a quality service on CQRS in order for payments to be made. The data are extracted via GPES (General Practice Extraction Service) run by NHS Digital.
Payments will be made monthly. Check the Open Exeter statement every month to ensure all the claims made correspond with monies received and make sure that any errors are chased up swiftly. Any problems should be addressed initially with the commissioner (the CCG if delegated co-commissioning or NHS England otherwise). CQRS and GPES errors can also be pursued via NHS Digital.
Dr John Allingham is medical secretary at Kent LMC
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