04 / 11 / 2015 1pm
Our reward category for October was accessibility, so we called on flu teams to submit examples showing how their local campaign is accessible and available to their staff.
We're pleased to announce that the winning trust is the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST). Limited edition flu fighter badges are now on the way to the trust's flu team.
EEAST covers a 7,500 mile square region comprising rural, coastal and urban areas over six counties. The trust's 4000 staff and 1500 volunteers, who are all eligible for a flu jab, are dispersed across this wide geographical area which poses a significant challenge in making vaccinations accessible to all.
The flu team at EEAST is utilising both proactive and reactive approaches to vaccinating and, in doing so, are providing the highest number of sessions possible to all staff at all times. Their flexible approach includes:
- matching vaccination clinics with shift patterns
- offering visiting appointments for those that can’t attend clinics
- establishing regular clinics at their two training schools and three control centres
- holding pop-up flu clinics, such as the one that took place at their staff engagement and wellbeing event which had more than 250 delegates in attendance
- providing a flu bus which offers a drop-in service. This mobile clinic is then parked at A&E sites and other key locations.
Along with providing a highly accessible flu vaccination service, EEAST promotes every session through multiple methods of communication. All staff are also kept informed on current vaccination uptake figures in a weekly newsletter.
These flu fighters are excellent examples of good practice with their versatile, adaptable and informative flu campaign.
If you missed out on this month's reward, why not submit an entry for November's reward on peer vaccination.