Trust records highest ever flu vaccine uptake

Posted: February 3 2017

This season’s national flu campaign has put Hertfordshire on the map thanks to committed NHS staff.

Trust records highest ever flu vaccine uptake

Thumbs up to the flu campaign by Clare Hawkins, Chief Nurse at HCT

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) has been listed as the second best community Trust in the country*, for its uptake of the flu vaccine among patient-facing staff.

Results have been published in a report by Public Health England, which measured the uptake of all NHS Trusts from 1 September to 31 December 2016.

HCT recorded 75.7 per cent of its staff, directly involved in patient care, as having a flu vaccine this season – surpassing figures reported by the end of the 2015/16 campaign at 45.6 per cent.

Clare Hawkins, Chief Nurse at HCT, said: “Our staff are committed to the safety of our patients and also protecting themselves and their family from the virus.

“On behalf of the executive team, we are delighted with the overall results and thank everyone involved for their time and dedication towards it.”

A national target was placed against all NHS Trusts in the country, to reach 75 per cent uptake of the flu vaccine by clinical staff.

Clare added: “Although this was a challenging target, staff kept the primary motivation of patient safety at the forefront of their minds.”

Notes to editor:

*There are a total of 15 community NHS Trust’s in England. Out of these just three met the 75 per cent national target including Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. 

To view the uptake of all NHS Trusts, please access the report from Public Health England.

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