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04 / 1 / 2016 Midnight

The 2016 flu fighter awards nominations are now open and includes a new residential care award! 

Our annual awards give you the chance  celebrate your efforts with flu leads across England at the awards ceremony in Leeds on 22 March 2016. A high flu vaccination uptake is not necessary and neither is having used flu fighter materials or resources. These awards aim to highlight the importance of flu vaccination in residential care and any individuals, teams or organisations are encouraged to nominate themselves or others. 

It's really easy to apply, just download the form, choose the appropriate category and include the following information:

  • what has been achieved
  • how it was implemented
  • the impact it had on the campaign
  • how you meet the criteria for the award.
Make sure you keep within the limit of 500 words and then email your entry to flufighter@nhsemployers.orgThe deadline for nominations is midnight on 14 February, so don't delay - get your nominations in ASAP!  

We will  let you know by Monday 22 February whether you have been short-listed, so you have plenty of time to get your glad rags ready for the awards ceremony!

Award categories 

Best residential care flu fighter award

This new award celebrates the efforts of an individual, a team or an organisation that has addressed flu vaccination amongst staff in the residential care sector. As it's the first year with this category, any efforts made in this sector will be seen with positive eyes by the flu fighter judges.

The winning entry will:

  • demonstrate an effort in increasing flu vaccination uptake in their workforce
  • show commitment and dedication to improving flu vaccination uptake in the residential care sector
  • be an example of good practice.

flu fighter carers' award 
This award is asking flu fighter teams to share how they have used the carers' resources in their organisation. These resources encourage frontline healthcare workers to speak to carers about their entitlement to the flu vaccination. 

The winning entry will:

  • demonstrate a sensitive and proactive approach to conversations with carers
  • show how additional support was given by sharing personal and positive vaccination experiences with carers.

flu fighter champion

This award recognises and celebrates the commitment of an individual who has gone above and beyond expectations to promote the flu vaccination to staff. The winner will be a true ‘flu hero’ and approached their local flu campaign with tenacity and originality. 

The winning nomination needs to have:

  • shown commitment and dedication to improving flu vaccination uptake in their organisation
  • had an impact on their organisation's campaign this year
  • shown innovation and tenacity in promoting/delivering/supporting the flu vaccination campaign to colleagues
  • be flu fighter through and through!

#flufighter - digital and social media
This award is for those who have shown outstanding creativity in the use of digital and social media to promote the vaccine to staff. We want to hear how organisations have sustained momentum and built a buzz around their local flu fighter campaigns. 

The winning entry must:

  • have improved or positively impacted on their campaign through a digital communications strategy
  • be innovative in their use of communications - something exciting and interesting that has made staff sit up and take notice!

Innovative flu fighter campaign 
For this category, we are asking flu fighter teams to share any new or exciting strategies they have implemented this year to improve uptake. The winning team will be selected for their innovative ideas, positive impact and potential to be examples of good practice for organisations to adopt in 2016/17 flu campaigns. 

The winning entry must:

  • be innovative, inspiring and ingenious 
  • have had a positive impact on your campaign (or even your whole organisation) in terms of staff engagement, team spirit or uptake 
  • be a leading example of good practice for other teams for 2016/17. 

Most improved flu fighter campaign
This award aims to showcase organisations who have made a significant improvement in flu vaccination uptake and to their overall campaign. Groups submitting nominations for this category must be representative of no less than 100 staff and include uptake figures for this group from last season (2014/15) and this season (2015/16) to show the comparison. 

The winning entry will reflect the improvements in:

  • the way the flu fighter team works
  • the strategies in place 
  • staff engagement or morale.

Best flu fighter team
This award celebrates organisations that have utilised their flu team’s range of skills to lead a successful flu vaccination campaign and shown brilliant leadership, team working and delegation. 

The winning entry for this category needs to: 

  • demonstrate how they have worked in partnership with multiple departments and staff groups to improve flu vaccination uptake
  • show that partnership working has led to an improvement in staff engagement/attitude and uptake of vaccination.
Good luck!

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