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A variety of workforce education resources have been developed to support the Scottish Immunisation Programme.  These resources have been developed by NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with Public Health Scotland.

Please note:  These educational resources continue to be updated as required to support this programme but do not replace the clinical judgement of practitioners. Practitioners should refer to the Public Health England Green Book Chapter when administering vaccines.  

Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice (PEIP) Registered Healthcare Practitioners

The Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice (PEIP) programme supports registered healthcare practitioners whose remit includes immunisation, whether advice giving or administration. 

You can access PEIP at


Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice (PEIP) : Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW)

The Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice (PEIP): Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) programme has been developed for Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs) on Level 3 or 4 of the NHS Career Framework, who have achieved education and training to Level 6 or 7 of the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework and have at least two years experience as a HCSW who works as part of a team delivering specific vaccinations as part of the Scottish Immunisation Programme.

COVID-19 vaccines

If you are an experienced or current vaccinator and are looking to update your knowledge to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme then follow this link to access the education resources.

If you are new or are a returning vaccinator then you may find some of the generic vaccination resources helpful which can be accessed below.

Knowledge Self Appraisal Tool for Immunisers

This resource provides a self appraisal tool to allow Registered Healthcare Practitioners to assess the currency of their immunisation knowledge base and a method to resolve any perceived gaps against national minimum standards. The resource is not formally assessed; however it allows participants and teams to identify areas where they would benefit from accessing elements of the online National Programme ‘Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice’ for registered healthcare practitioners.

Note: Registered Healthcare Practitioners utilising this self appraisal tool should do so under the guidance of their employer.  Local education and governance arrangements in relation of assessment of proficiency should be adhered to at all times.

Healthcare Support Worker Vaccinator education programme

The Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) Vaccinator education programme has been developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Public Health Scotland (PHS) to help support HCSWs who do not have up to two years previous experience in health or social care.

The education programme has been designed to help support learners as they develop the knowledge and skills they will require to undertake the role of a HCSW alongside gaining proficiency in HCSW vaccination practice.

Access the programme.

Storage and handling of vaccines

This recently updated unit forms part of the Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice programme.  It is available here as a stand-alone module for colleagues wishing to update their knowledge on this specific aspect of immunisation practice to complete.

Immunisation Resources - Vaccine Specific

Education resources have been developed in respect of the various vaccines. 

Please select the relevant heading from the menu on the left hand side to access the resources specific to the vaccine.