Babies with mothers who have Hepatitis B are at increased risk of contracting the disease. This programme is intended to identify these new born babies and ensure they are vaccinated. GP practices are required to carry out a heel prick test and update the infant's records with the result of the test to confirm whether the baby is positive for Hepatitis B infection.
In addition, where the vaccine status of a baby is incomplete or there has been significant delay, practices may opportunistically complete the administration of the required doses as clinically appropriate and claim for payment. This means there is no end date for when the vaccine might be delivered.
GPs will get paid:
- £10.06 where they deliver the first dose where this has not been delivered in hospital
- £10.06 for the 2nd dose
- £10.06 for the completing dose - only after the heel prick test has been delivered, the patient record updated and the results communicated to parent or guardian
Practices must claim within 6 months of the vaccination in line with the SFE.
Where a programme is CQRS/manual only, practices are required to use the clinical codes as provided in the technical requirements document on NHS Employers website. Business rules will not be provided, so practices should decide the best mechanism for reporting the figures, either by developing their own templates or by working with their system supplier to create a template.