DCH staff flu jab uptake among England's best

DCH staff flu jab uptake among England's best

Published by George Sharpe at 1:24pm 30th January 2020.

Dorset County Hospital have one of the country's best records for giving flu jabs to their staff.

The hospital ranked 19th out of 235 trusts across England, with a flu jab uptake of 82% among frontline staff between 1st September and 31st December 2019.

2,035 doctors, nurses and other frontline staff at DCH Trust were vaccinated by the end of December. 

This made the trust well above the national average of 68.3%.

Director of Nursing and Quality at Dorset County Hospital Nicky Lucey getting her flu jab
Director of Nursing and Quality at Dorset County Hospital Nicky Lucey getting her flu jab

Director of Nursing and Quality at Dorset County Hospital Nicky Lucey said: 

“We are very proud of our staff at DCH who have done exceptionally well this year in exceeding the national targets. Currently we have vaccinated 83 per cent of all staff and 88 per cent of frontline staff – a fantastic achievement, (compared to 79 per cent of all staff and 83 per cent of frontline staff in the previous year).

“We have a number of measures in place to encourage staff to get their flu jabs. These include regular drop-in sessions throughout the Trust and a team of dedicated Peer Vaccinators. We also introduced video messages to target the myths surrounding the flu vaccination as well as use of social media to encourage the uptake.

“It is so important for staff to be vaccinated as it protects them, their friends, family, colleagues and of course, our patients. Flu is not just a heavy cold, it can be life-threatening.

“We are continuing to offer our staff the flu vaccination and would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet to contact their Peer Vaccinator to arrange a convenient time.”

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The number of hospital staff being vaccinated varies dramatically across England. 

Trusts have financial incentives for staff uptake, receiving full payment if at least 80% have it, and a decreasing amount down to 60% coverage, below which they get nothing.

The target is measured between September and February, and the payment varies depending on the size of the trust’s contract.

The proportion of staff who had the vaccine by the end of December differed widely across the 235 trusts that submitted figures.

The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust recorded 93.9% of staff having the vaccination, while the uptake rate was just 36.2% at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.