04 / 1 / 2016 Midnight
The flu fighter awards recognise the achievements and successes of flu teams around the country.
Flu teams across England submitted over 70 different entries to the seven categories this year. The most remarkable were invited to attend the awards ceremony on 22 March in Horizon, Leeds.
The event opened with a speech from Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers. Danny was followed by a fantastic talk from Joanne Yarwood, from Public Health England where she emphasised that the flu vaccination saves lives. Photographs were taken all throughout the event, where it's clear that everyone had a fabulous time.
There are seven different categories this year, and being shortlisted is already a remarkable achievement.
flu fighter champion – Liz Grady, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Liz showed an incredible level of leadership when targeting and organising her fun campaign. She managed to improve uptake from 68 per cent to an incredible 78 per cent this season. It was thanks to Liz's enthusiasm and dedication that the trust achieved this incredible uptake. Liz was presented with the award by Kim Sunley from the Royal College of Nursing.
#flufighter – digital and social media award - Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
This team used digital resources to educate staff and created their own great video. In addition, they used social media to educate and train staff on how easy it is to get the jab and how much it matters. The award for this category was presented by Jenni Middleton from the Nursing Times.
Most innovative flu fighter campaign – Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The imagination, inventiveness and sense of fun came clearly across in this entry. The team's novel approach included several themes such as I'm a celebrity, get me out of here or the bush tucker trial trolley. Clearly, something different and innovative which has never be done before. The team received their award from Nicola Meredith and Lisa Verello from Public Health Wales.
Most improved - Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
This campaign increased uptake so considerably that the trust moved from the lowest community trust in London to the highest. The team addressed one of the most important issues in improving uptake - access - with a very straightforward approach of 'make it available and make it visible'. The team were presented with the award by Joanne Yarwood from Public Health England.
Best team - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
This trust included a multitude of different professions and groups in their flu teams including a director, pharmacy, porters, communications, infection control and IT. This allowed each department to maximise unique and valuable skill-set. The team were presented with their award by June Jackson from the Department of Health.
flu fighter carers - Cray Hill Pharmacy
The team here made an incredible effort in reaching as many carers as possible. They maximised a carers flu vaccination leaflet, promoted the service in a wide range of community venues and even asked delivery drivers to ‘spread the word’ on their rounds… there’s so much to applaud here. The award was presented by Julia Ellis from the Carers Trust.
Best residential care flu fighter award - East Cheshire Hospice
This new award went to the pioneering team at East Cheshire since they achieved a good percentage of staff receiving the jab. They have been very committed to improving flu vaccination uptake and gained buy-in from senior managers. Their enthusiasm and dedication came across in their entry. The award was given by Anne Bagshaw from Skills for care.