NHS in Sussex celebrates successful flu campaign
28 March 2018

NHS in Sussex celebrates successful flu campaign

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is celebrating the efforts of staff across the organisation to improve flu vaccination rates, helping to protect patients and the public.

The Trust, which provides community services across the county in clinics, hospitals and people’s homes, ran a successful flu campaign across its services that saw teams compete for the title of 'flu fighter'.

Using social media, internal communications channels, posters and a competition the Trust has dramatically increased the numbers of staff taking up the vaccinations.

The campaign saw the Trust exceed national targets for immunisation rates with 73.5% of staff vaccinated for 2017. This is up from 54% in 2016 and 43% in 2015.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Getting our front line staff vaccinated is important for their health, it protects the people that we care for and helps reduce the impact of flu on the communities we serve.

“We have dramatically improved the numbers of people getting vaccinated and that’s down to the very hard work of our occupational health team and the excellent campaign that has been run.”

This week teams across Sussex were celebrating with tea and treats courtesy of the Trust’s senior leadership team.

The winning teams are:

  • Communities of Practice, Responsive Services and TVNs at Crawley Hospital
  • Communities of Practice at Crawley Down Health Centre
  • Communities of Practice, Responsive Services and Specialist Nurses at Horsham Hospital
  • Bladder and Bowel Team & Diabetes Specialist Nurses at Haywards Heath Health Centre
  • HRDT at Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
  • Communities of Practice and Responsive Services at Nightingale Primary Care Centre, Haywards Heath
  • Communities of Practice at Hurstpierpoint Health Centre
  • IDT Team, East Surrey Hospital
  • Arundel
  • Zachary Merton
  • Salvington Lodge

The Executive Team, supported by Communications and Engagement Team, is continuing to visit winners around the organisation to say thank you in person for people's hard work.

But the flu fight has only just begun. SCFT is gearing up to take on the challenge again for 2018.

This time they hope to do even better with the support of peer vaccinators – clinical staff across the organisation who can boost the numbers of people getting the jab by doing the injections in their own wards, clinics and hospitals.

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