Dear Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust,

I am interested in the level of staff flu vaccination in the Trust,
as this is an important factor in the welfare of staff and
patients during the winter. I believe the direct effects of a flu infection
can be serious, and the indirect effects through the absence of
staff can be equally severe for patients.

Can the Trust please consider the following questions:

What is the job title of the Trust lead for the flu vaccination
programme?

The Southport and Ormskirk Trust was reported by the PHE to have
vaccinated 81.4% of direct care staff in 2014/15 which is one of the
highest reported figures in England for a General Trust. Is this
figure accurate and is there a report or information available to show how the Trust was
able to do so well? Please supply a copy of the most recent flu plan for 2015/16.

Do staff receive a free chocolate bar or something similar after
receiving the flu vaccine?

I am interested to know if the staff sickness rates increase during
the winter months when flu is prevalent, although I realise that
for instance in 2014/15 there was a significant mismatch of the
vaccine and the actual flu virus.
Could I please have a monthly listing of staff sickness from April
2013 to July 2015 for all Trust staff. If possible, are the
monthly number of sick days available, or alternatively please supply
whatever measure is generally used for staff sickness.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Kembler

FOI (SOUTHPORT AND ORMSKIRK HOSPITAL NHS TRUST), Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Jane Coupe
Information Assistant
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FOI (SOUTHPORT AND ORMSKIRK HOSPITAL NHS TRUST), Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Dear Hugh

Re: FOI_1516_248

Please find below a response to your request for information submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust (SOHT), which for clarity I have included below.

Request:
What is the job title of the Trust lead for the flu vaccination programme?

Response:
The job title of the Trust lead for the flu vaccination programme is Health and Wellbeing Manager.

Request:
The Southport and Ormskirk Trust was reported by the PHE to have vaccinated 81.4% of direct care staff in 2014/15 which is one of the highest reported figures in England for a General Trust. Is this figure accurate and is there a report or information available to show how the Trust was able to do so well? Please supply a copy of the most recent flu plan for 2015/16.

Response:
These Figures are accurate. There is not a dedicated report however weekly progress was provided to the Executive Team and uptake continuously reviewed to establish any gaps.

The flu plan for 2015/2016 is currently in draft. The flu plan is a timetable of when and where the vaccinations will be given.

Request:
Do staff receive a free chocolate bar or something similar after receiving the flu vaccine?

Response:
A free pen is provided.

We hope that you will find the information provided both informative and helpful. We also hope that you will be satisfied with the manner in which we have dealt with your Freedom of Information request. If not, please do let me know or you may ask for a formal review under the FOI internal review procedure at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. If you would like a formal review please write to:

Mr J Parry
Chief Executive
Southport and Formby DGH
Town Lane
Kew
Southport
PR8-6PN

Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of this response.

If you remain dissatisfied after the internal review, you may make an approach to the Information Commissioner.

Further Information about your rights is available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF,
Telephone: 01625 545 700 www.ico.gov.uk

If there is anything you need clarification on, please do not hesitate to contact me [email address] or 01704 704868, quoting your FOI reference number.

Yours Sincerely,

Jane Coupe
Information Assistant
01704704868

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