NHS Employers has worked in partnership with the NHS trade unions, to successfully deliver the national staff-facing flu vaccination programme, flu fighter, since 2011.
In its fifth year, NHS Employers is working with Public Health England and the Department of Health to deliver the 2015/16 programme. Moving forward, the staff-facing campaign will become increasingly integrated with the public-facing programme.
NHS organisations are supported in running their local staff flu vaccination campaigns with a variety of resources available on the NHS Employers website. These include a communications toolkit, clinical evidence and letters to staff from national organisations, a variety of case studies, a range of flu fighter posters and digital resources such as web banners and screensavers.
The flu fighter campaign also provides support, advice and guidance on improving the vaccination uptake of healthcare workers through regular email updates, latest news articles, workshops, webinars and social media networks.
The SPF, particularly through supporting partnership working in the delivery of vaccination programmes in NHS organisations, has helped mainstream staff get vaccinated against seasonal flu each year.
The flu fighter campaign has supported NHS organisations in England to improve staff flu vaccination uptake from 35 per cent in 2010/11 to 54.6 per cent in 2014/15 by encouraging staff to protect themselves, their patients and their families by having the seasonal flu vaccination. In the 2015/16 season, the final figure is slightly lower than the previous year (50.8 per cent compared to 54.9 per cent), however the flu jab remains the best protection against the flu.
For more information about the campaign or if you have any questions about what the programme delivers, contact a member of the team on 0844 334 52 52 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.