Vaccination Transformation Programme

In Scotland, we are redesigning and modernising how local vaccination services are delivered to our communities. This redesign is called the Vaccination Transformation Programme (VTP) and it began on 1st April 2018 and will run for three years. It forms one of the six strands of the Primary Care Transformation Programme. New models will be developed, tested and implemented, but will only become operational when it is safe and sustainable to do so.

Here you can find information on the purpose of the VTP, objectives, different workstreams and who to contact in your area for more information.

Purpose of the VTP

Immunisation is essential in protecting our communities against infectious diseases. As a result, it is really important for professionals within Health and Social Care Partnerships, Integration Joint Boards, and Health Boards to work together in redesigning and delivering local vaccination services. These services should be based on the needs of the local population, geography and workforce.

It is vital VTP is engaging with members of the public, in order to understand how services can best be redesigned to meet their needs.

‘Ensuring the health of the Scottish public through modernising the delivery of vaccinations, empowering local decision making and supporting the transformation of the role of the GP.’

-Scottish Government vision statement

Objectives of the VTP

Objectives of the VTP include

• working with NHS Boards, Primary Care and others as necessary to develop and test proposals for future delivery of vaccination programmes, with a presumption that GPs / Primary Care will no longer be the default preferred provider
• implementing new models of delivery, based on local decision-making and leadership, establishing new operational arrangements as business as usual
• ensuring any transformation in delivery is achieved without any adverse impact on safety or sustainability of current / existing vaccination programmes
• ensuring that the necessary systems and infrastructure (e.g. IT, data and premises) are in place to support new models of delivery
• ensuring that new models of delivery are sufficiently resourced.

Workstreams of VTP

The national VTP programme has six work streams.

  1. Workforce.
  2. Stakeholder Communications and Engagement Group (SCEG).
  3. Information Systems (IS). 
  4. Business Change Management (BCM).
  5. Travel Health.
  6. Role of the Immunisation Co-ordinator.

Key contacts for VTP include

  • Senior Responsible Owner of the VTP - Gareth Brown, Scottish Government
  • VTP Manager – Nicola Kerr, Scottish Government
  • SCEG – Heather Williams, NHS Health Scotland
  • BCM & IS – Pam McVeigh, SG/Health Protection Scotland.

Contacts for the VTP in your area

Business Change Managers have been identified in each territorial NHS Health Board in order to work with their local Health and Social Care partners and Integration Boards to redesign vaccination service delivery models.

To discuss the VTP development in your area, please contact your local Health Board's Business Change Manager.

Travel health service

Protecting individuals from the risk of infectious disease when travelling is one of the key areas being addressed by the Vaccination Transformation Programme. 

A Travel Health Best Practice Guide is being developed which will outline nationally agreed standards for the provision of pre-travel health assessment and services. These standards will include advice, vaccinations and prescriptions.

There is also work underway to develop a model of delivery which will ensure a consistent, transparent, and readily accessible travel health service across Scotland.