Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is achieving some of England’s highest rates of staff seasonal flu vaccinations this winter.
This is good news for patients, who can be sure that staff are going the extra mile to keep themselves protected and their patients’ safe this winter.
National figures released by Public Health England show that the Trust has vaccinated 49.8% of frontline staff during the first month of the vaccination season (1 September and 31 October 2015). The Trust is the number one performing mental health trusts in England and above the national average.
The success is the result of a campaign run by the Infection Prevention and Employee Health and Wellbeing teams, who are working together to reach healthcare workers in as many ‘priority’ areas as possible. These areas are the most likely to be affected by a flu outbreak, such as in-patient wards and dental clinics.
Staff across the Trust have also been sharing their story with colleagues about why they have decided to have the vaccination, inspiring others to do the same.
Nicola Lees, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing, said: “I am extremely pleased that so many staff have chosen to have this important vaccination so early into the flu season. The vaccination isn’t just about keeping ourselves safe, it’s also about protecting the patients we care for and our colleagues.”