Medacs implemented the service in just 3 weeks, including the Christmas period, rapidly building a dedicated team, launching targeted recruitment campaigns, deploying new systems and processes and establishing a broad supply chain. Sister companies such as Blue Arrow played a key part in the supply of non-clinical staff.
The Medacs team worked extremely hard to keep workers engaged and committed to the programme throughout, navigating the challenges of needing to book, cancel and redeploy workers elsewhere at very short notice.
The pool of contingent workers built was sufficient to fully support:
- Three mass vaccination sites in the region with steadily increasing yet fluctuating demand
- 10x Primary Care Networks across the ICS running their own vaccination programmes
- The School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) – BOB ICS was the first region in England to roll out vaccines to 12-15 year olds
- A wide range of roving and popup clinics (walk-in, drive-through and van based services)
5 other ICSs across wider South East region, with workers deployed to fill staffing gaps for 32 NHS Trusts across Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (In July 2021, 95% of shifts requested by ICSs in the South East were filled, in addition to shifts requested by BOB ICS)