Flu 23/24 – Continuity Requirements

Published on: 1st February 2022 | Updated on: 4th October 2023

Reminder – Flu Continuity and definition of availability

Contractors should record the number of days that the service was available via NECAF on a monthly basis from September to December. To comply with continuity scheme contractors must provide at least 1 day availability per month in September, October, November and December, and a total of 40 days availability from 1st September to 31st December. Contractors not meeting these requirements by the end of December will have any flu continuity payments reclaimed.

For the service to be available three things are required:

  • A trained vaccinator –  who has completed all training requirements and submitted forms via the NCSA hub to NWSSP and the contractor has signed the SLA
  • Stock of vaccine
  • A valid legal authority in place for vaccination of patients – eg signed PGD, active national protocol or PSD

You may also claim for days in the following situations:

  1. Where stock is on order (with evidence thereof) but has been delayed, but a trained vaccinator, signed SLA and signed PGD or other legal authority are in place.
  2. PGD not available, but have stock and trained vaccinator with signed SLA.

LHBs may also consider other issues outside of a contractor’s control but these must be discussed with the LHB prior to making any continuity claims on NECAF.

For PPV contractors are advised to keep records of completion of training (e.g. from shared services) and records of confirmation of orders placed, particularly if stock is unavailable.

Provision in terms of CCPS

Contractors are reminded that when they signed up to the CCPS they signed up to provide all four services (CAS, EMS, contraception and Flu), there is no potential for contractors to opt out of the provision of any single service unless they opt out of all four. Signing up to provide the CCPS then enables the pharmacy to receive the Establishment Payment (CCPS).

Contractors must therefore ensure that they have the availability of both an accredited pharmacist and flu vaccines to at least some extent during the flu season (September 2023 to March 2024).

Pharmacies that deliver no flu vaccinations during the flu season are likely to be subject to challenge by Local Health Boards as to their willingness to engage with CCPS.

Provision of Flu under national protocol

Once again this year pharmacy technicians and pre-registration foundation pharmacists are able to deliver NHS flu vaccinations under the national flu protocol, but only where a fully Flu accredited pharmacist is present as a clinical supervisor. In the absence of a suitably accredited pharmacist flu vaccinations should not be administered by any member of the pharmacy team.

More information on the flu protocol can be found in our FAQ here: https://cpwales.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Flu-Nationa-Protocol-2023-24-FAQ.pdf