Flu Vaccination: Increasing Uptake of Social Care Workers within Wakefield Care Homes
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Mrs. Emma Smith
Mrs. Emma Smith
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Abstract Flu Vaccination: Increasing Uptake of Social Care Workers within Wakefield Care Homes Background:Since 2012, Wakefield Council has commissioned community pharmacies to operate a flu vaccination programme for Social Care Workers (SCW). The programme operated on a voucher exchange for a free flu vaccination within a pharmacy. Despite national guidance and local improvement campaigns, utilisation of the programme remained low. Vaccination coverage varied (2-7%) annually.
A partnership group in 2018 identified common challenges to improving coverage which included attitudes and beliefs of SCW towards immunisation; reluctance to access immunisation outside of work hours and in alternative venues, care home manager leadership and beliefs, and education of SCW. The partnership group explored models of provision and incentive schemes.As a pilot, two pharmacy providers were commissioned to attend prioritised care homes, to directly proactively engage with and coordinate flu vaccination clinics within care home settings. Monitoring systems captured key performance indicators, facilitated weekly by the Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Team in addition to the provision of education and awareness raising.Outcome:Delivering the scheme differently resulted in a significant increase in vaccination uptake. 541 (40%) SCW were vaccinated across 27 care homes with 298 (22%) of those vaccinated by the commissioned service and 243 (18%) vaccinated elsewhere. 176 (13%) declined. In addition to the increases in vaccination rates care home managers and the IPC Team also had improved oversight, aiding discharge planning, effective outbreak management and greater system intelligence. The Service will extend across Wakefield and Kirklees in 2019/20. External funding details
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