Record number of staff vaccinated against flu at local mental health trust

A record number of staff at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have had their flu jab this winter, helping to protect themselves, their families and their patients from the flu virus.

Sussex Partnership, which provides mental health and learning disability services across the South East, launched its annual flu jab campaign in October to encourage staff across the organisation to get their vaccinations.

The record of 81% has beaten last year's campaign when 78% of staff were vaccinated by the end of the flu vaccination campaign. The success is down to a dedicated flu campaign at the Trust to ensure all members of staff are aware of the importance of the flu vaccination in order to protect their patients by protecting themselves from the flu. 

The flu fighter team made it easy for staff to have their flu jab by training peer vaccinators to deliver the flu vaccine in the workplace for all staff.  A series of flu clinics, pop up clinics, sunrise and sunset clinics for staff working unsocial hours are just some of the ways the Trust made sure everyone could access a flu vaccination.

The Trust also worked with Kuda Chifamba, a student mental health nurse, who wrote a flu rap and appeared in a music video to encourage others to get their seasonal flu jab. The 'You’ll feel fab when you get your flu jab' full music video has had over 1.2k views and the teaser has had over 9.5k views on Twitter alone. Watch the music video below and listen to the fantastic lyrics that include:

'You'll be a lot more than freezing. Coughing and wheezing. Get your flu jab for that reason. And you're good until next season.'

'Don't let the flu take a grab. I bet you'll feel glad, one moment one jab... All it takes is one shot. And you're safe for season, so why on earth would you not?'

Jayne Bruce, Deputy Chief Nurse for Safeguarding and Physical Health, said: “I would especially like to thank our fantastic flu vaccination team, our rapper Kuda, and everyone involved in our flu campaign. Without them we wouldn't have had such a successful campaign. I'd also like to thank all our staff who have had their flu vaccination.

"Over the last few years we have seen an increase in the number of staff having the flu vaccine and although we are currently at 81%, we are still actively encouraging staff to get their flu vaccination. We recognise how important and reassuring it is for both patients and staff to know that services at Sussex Partnership truly are flu fighters."