81% of North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) clinical staff have now been vaccinated against flu.

As with other trusts across the country, NCIC had been set the target of vaccinating at least 80% of front line staff against flu this winter.

Anna Stabler, Interim System Executive and Chief Nurse, NCIC, said:

“We are really pleased that we have managed to exceed the 80% target for our frontline staff being vaccinated, as it not only protects them against flu but also protects their family, friends and most importantly, our patients.

“This is a great achievement and is all down to the hard work of our Occupational Health and Wellbeing team and peer vaccinators who have not only been holding the usual drop in sessions but have also been visiting wards during the week and out of hours, offering the jab to staff in their workplace.

“Planning for the 2020/21 flu vaccination campaign has already began and we’ll be looking at more ways to encourage and make it easier for our staff to get their vaccination.”

Staff flu vaccinations are a crucial lever for reducing the spread of flu during winter months, where it can have a significant impact on the health of patients, staff, their families and the overall safe running of NHS services.

The campaign launched in the Trust in October and runs until the end of March, with staff from the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Department and the clinical areas working together to make the vaccination as accessible as possible for staff who wanted to have it.

The Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team will continue to provide the flu vaccinations to clinical staff until the end of March.