The purpose of this study was to identify the variation in occupational health immunization policies and practice within NHS Trusts throughout England and Wales. Questionnaires were sent to 440 NHS Trusts and 279 were returned (a response rate of 63%). The results were compared with current Department of Health Guidelines. They highlighted the fact that NHS Trusts do not adopt a consistent approach to immunization practice and that these policies often do not reflect Department of Health Guidance. Of those responding, 249 (89%) stated that they would like additional guidance on immunization practice within the NHS workplace. The production of updated, evidence-based guidelines for immunization practice, may help to ensure that a more consistent approach is taken throughout the NHS. This would benefit both the Trusts and their employees who at present may be confused by being given different advice when moving between Trusts.
- Occupational health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health