COVID BOOSTERS: Chief Nurse appeals to Trust’s recently retired clinical staff  to help vaccination efforts

COVID BOOSTERS: Chief Nurse appeals to Trust’s recently retired clinical staff to help vaccination efforts

Your Trust needs you! That’s the message from Oxford Health’s chief nurse Marie Crofts who is calling on recently retired clinical NHS staff to step forward to offer their expertise and time in helping deliver the booster vaccination programme.

Oxford Health runs three large scale vaccination centres in Oxford, Reading and Aylesbury and is working round the clock to enable all adults over 18 the opportunity to book a Covid-19 booster before the end of the year.

Covid vaccinations teams have rapidly developed plans since Sunday’s announcement by the Prime Minister to enable a 175% increase on current capacity with longer opening hours and more trained vaccinators and support staff, as well plans for more vaccination centres.

While we have an army of volunteers and support staff being redeployed across the health and social care system, it is experienced clinical staff who are urgently needed that we cannot redeploy from existing front line services – those caring for patients in community hospitals, district nursing and urgent care for example alongside many others.

Marie said:

“If there are any of our former clinical colleagues who have retired from service with us or other NHS organisation in the past six to 12 months, I am appealing to you to please help us in delivering this incredible challenge. We need your expertise and valued skills over the next three weeks to give everyone the maximum protection we can from Omicron.”

If you are a recently retired registered nurse or allied health professional and can help cover a minimum of three shifts a week, please email nursingcareers@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk with your details and one of the team will respond with further information and next steps.

Published: 15 December 2021