A London team has played a pivotal role in increasing vaccination uptake in Richmond and Hounslow schools.

Immunisation team

The team originally supported school nurses with their immunisation programme, but it now works solely as an immunisation service for Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH).

Its work has earned the team a place in the final of the NHS Professionals-sponsored Bank Nurse category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016.

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Immunisation team lead Sheila Roberts says: ‘I am delighted and proud of the bank immunisations team and its commitment to HRCH.

‘We have a fantastic bank team and I’m happy that its hard work has been confirmed by being shortlisted for the awards. We value our bank staff for their diligence, commitment, care and competence.’

The nurses speak at school assemblies to help empower young people to make good health choices and signpost them to other relevant services as needed.

The team’s reputation also led to it being commissioned to administer the BCG catch-up programme in Hounslow and Richmond, and NHS England has referred to the team as 'setting the standard' with its approach to this vaccination.

The team also took on a children’s nasal flu programme and uptake has exceeded 62% – the second highest uptake of childhood flu vaccinations in London.

Sheila says: ‘The team’s members support each other to learn from situations and reflect on them. I value every member for their commitment, care and competence.’

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