19 / 12 / 2016 10.16am
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) have become the first ambulance trust to have ever reached the 75 per cent uptake target for flu vaccinations in frontline healthcare workers. This is a great achievement, especially as ambulance trusts often find it hard to vaccinate staff who spend the vast majority of their role on the move and off site.
What have they done?
Their planning and hard work has helped WMAS to overcome barriers and achieve a record high uptake. Here's a quick overview of some of the things they have done to make their campaign a success:
- kept a record of staff who haven't had their flu vaccination so they are able to approach them about the getting the jab.
- promoted the flu vaccination by sending emails and texts to staff.
- placed flu vaccinators in areas which were accessed by lots of staff.
- placed photographs of staff having the vaccination in internal communications channels, including the staff newsletter, posters, and internal TV screens at every site.
- adopted a "solution to every problem" approach
For more information
You can find out more about West Midlands Ambulance Service's local flu fighter campaign by reading this blog written by their flu team.