Flu fighter awards 2014

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Details of the flu fighter awards Wales winners are available on our flu fighter Wales pages

Thank you for all the flu fighter award entries and we are please to announce the shortlist for this year's awards.   

Flu fighter champion

Winner: Tracy Lees - Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Tracy has been a driving force in the Sandwell and West Birmingham flu fighter campaign; developing a promotional video, making cuddly flu bugs, devising incentive schemes, writing regular trust communications including a flu poem and recruiting peer vaccinators. Judge Jenni Middleton, editor of the Nursing Times said "Tracy has shown an enormous amount of commitment and is a flu fighter through and through."


  • Llinos Bates - Hywel Dda Health Board
  • Jo Claymore - Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Helen Potts - Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Eileen Sills - Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Read summaries of the flu fighter champion award finalists

Innovative flu fighter campaign

Winner: London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

The London Ambulance Service West area team decided to change the way they delivered their flu vaccinations to staff this year, by taking the flu jabs to staff while on duty. James Johnson, Staff Officer, led in the creation of a 'flu bus' in the West area.

Dean Royles, chief executive of NHS Employers said "The winning nomination used a truly innovative approach, which was developed so staff on the move could still have the opportunity to have their flu vaccinations. Due to flexibility and increased mobility their flu campaign has resulted in a significant increase in uptake. This is a real example of a trust adapting their flu fighter campaign to meet the needs of staff."


  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Kent Community Health NHS Trust
  • NHS England
 Read summaries of the innovative flu fighter campaign award finalists

Most improved flu fighter campaign 

Winner: Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The flu team at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have made improvements this year in vaccination uptake (48.3 per cent in 2012/13 to a forecasted 75 per cent), accessibility, efficiency, use of technology, their communication plan, team work and stakeholder engagement.

Helen Stevens from NHS Leadership Academy said " The team at Derby really showed what can be done when a strategic approach, using data, feedback and responsive communications, comes together."


  • Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Read summaries of the most improved flu fighter campaign award finalists

#flufighter award

Winner: Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

With the help of over eighty staff members, patients and visitors, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals produced a cover version of Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ to generate publicity for their annual staff flu vaccination campaign. The video amassed over 20,000 YouTube hits with almost half of these coming from overseas.

Judge Teresa Chinn from #WeNurses said it was "an inspired use of social media".


  • West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Read summaries of the #flufighter award finalists

Best flu fighter team

Winner: South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation trust

Clinical Development Manager, James Wenman, led the flu campaign with Infection Control Lead Nurse, Kirsty Morgan.  They recruited a team of Paramedics, who were unable to complete normal frontline duties, and trained them to administer flu jabs. This was a brilliant way to vaccinate staff without altering operational capacity.

Gail Adams from Unison said “I liked in particular their effective use of Paramedic staff who were unable to undertake their normal role, being trained to administer flu vaccinations. The use of these paramedics is a great lesson, which could see uptake in the ambulance service rise dramatically."


  • Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
  • Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation trust
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
Read summaries of the best flu fighter team finalists

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