Over half of frontline healthcare workers protected against flu

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22 / 1 / 2014 9.43am

Public Health England have today released new uptake figures for frontline healthcare worker influenza vaccination, showing a national average uptake of 53.1 per cent, which is already more than the final uptake figure of 2012/13 (45.6 per cent).

The statistics show that over 494,000 frontline healthcare workers are now vaccinated against seasonal influenza, and 67 trusts have reported uptake of 60 per cent or more. These figures refer to vaccinations given between 1 September and 31 December 2013 and count only frontline healthcare worker uptake, as per the data submitted by organisations to ImmForm.

Cumulative uptake figures for frontline healthcare worker flu vaccination are published monthly by Public Health England. The final sets of figures are due to be released in February, which we are awaiting with excitement! 

High performers

From this data collection window, the top five performing trusts so far are:

Trust Name

 Uptake %

1 Sept - 31 Dec 2013/14

Uptake %

1 Sept - 31 Dec 2012/13

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 82.9

 69.2

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

 81.6

79.4

 Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

 81.3

80.9 

Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

80.9

51.1 

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

80.7

 70.4

Top improvers

 

Trust Name

 Difference in percentage uptake between 2012/13 and 2013/14 - %

Uptake %

1 Sept - 31 Dec 2013/14

Uptake %

1 Sept - 31 Dec 2012/13 

Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust 

35.3 

56.9 

21.6

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

33.8

78.5 

44.7

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust 

31.8

74.2 

42.4

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

30.9

75.6 

44.7

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

30.9 

74.0 

43.1

Top ambulance service trust: South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust - 61.6 per cent

Top mental health trust: Bradford District Care Trust - 69.4 per cent

Top acute trust: Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - 82.9 per cent

Top community healthcare trust: Wirral Community NHS Trust - 73.8 per cent

Support from the top

The efforts and achievements of flu leads in the NHS have been recognised and congratulated from across the healthcare sector today.

Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS employers organisation, said:

“Our ambition has always been to make staff flu vaccinations the norm and there are exciting signs that this is happening. Wherever you go, you see staff arranging their jab because they’ve seen colleagues doing it, they know it helps protect patients, and they have good local arrangements. It’s what we had hoped for – that the effort would gain a life of its own locally and begin to accelerate.”

“There’s a really strong message about the importance of social media and good engagement. They are the reasons why so many more staff are getting vaccinated now than three years ago when the flu fighter campaign began. We’re seeing around 5,000 staff being vaccinated every day and every single one of those will help keep the NHS and its patients safe, especially in any event of a flu outbreak.”

Share your success

If you would like to share your innovative or particularly effective strategies for your flu campaign then get in touch with us at flufighter@nhsemployers.org

For ideas on how to strengthen your final vaccination push, take a look at our top ten tips news article for some quick wins for your campaign.

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