Finalists for flu fighter best team award


25 / 4 / 2014 3.47pm

This award celebrates those who have utilised their team's range of skills to lead a successful flu vaccination campaign this winter. The shortlisted entries have shown brilliant leadership, team working and delegation. 

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Working in partnership with their executive team, staff-side and medical staff committee colleagues, have achieved outstanding participation across the trust's flu campaign, with uptake of 80.7 per cent in frontline healthcare workers.
The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust campaign was a jointly-owned campaign which focused on four key themes. These were executive engagement, partnership working, developing a committed and trained team and using social media to share their message.

By having a consistent message coming from the executive team and staff-side colleagues, in conjunction with ward walk-arounds and increased numbers of trained staff available to vaccinate at all times, this trust have managed to break the 80 per cent barrier and showcase some brilliant partnership working. 

Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

This flu team brings together people from across the organisation who have the skills and knowledge to promote, implement and monitor the trust's flu fighter campaign. The team consisted of a range of individuals, from health and wellbeing co-ordinators and administrators to information analysts and communications managers. This diverse team worked together across 100 sites to deliver the flu vaccinations to staff. 

The analysts and quality managers from the flu team implemented a weekly reporting process, enabling timely review of performance and identification of areas with poor uptake. The vaccinating team then ran a mass vaccination day in November, which succeeded in vaccinating over 100 people in one day.

They attribute the success of this campaign to the team working effectively together, communicating regularly at all levels of the organisation and responding in a timely way to performance reports and soft intelligence. 

Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust

This flu fighter team ensured there were many opportunities for staff to be vaccinated, including drop-in clinics for staff attending mandatory training and induction, as well as a “jab and grab” sessions at breakfast with free juice and pastries for staff ending the night shift. Every opportunity was taken to communicate the importance at team meetings, briefings , trust news and induction. 

Due to the high number of community locations, and to ensure vaccine was available across all shift patterns, the Health and Wellbeing team worked early mornings and late nights to provide this service. There were also prizes for the vaccinator who had given the most vaccinations and for a randomly selected member of staff who had been vaccinated. The team achieved the 70 per cent uptake target within seven weeks of starting the campaign, a significant improvement on 49 per cent in 2012. Overall, 79 per cent of frontline staff have been vaccinated this year. 

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Occupational Health Team led this campaign with support from the executive team who endorsed the flu action plan. Chaired by the Occupational Health manager, the flu steering group evaluated lessons learnt from the previous year and worked proactively and responsively to steer the action plan, ensure governance and drive performance. 
Members of the steering group included senior nurses, IT, communications, pharmacy, divisional manager, senior HR lead, AHP lead, patient safety, performance management, staff side representative, Medical Director, infection control and the NHS England immunisation team.

This team approach led to increased staff engagement embedded from ward to board, shared ownership, improved awareness and a cultural shift of staff attitudes as staff now willingly come forward and encourage colleagues to get their flu jab.

The unprecedented levels of uptake and flu champions volunteering is increasing year on year. This year South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have surpassed previous year's uptake and currently have vaccinated 70.8 per cent of their frontline staff. 

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

In February 2013 South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust acquired the Great Western Ambulance Service. The new organisation was keen to build upon individual successes, to deliver the most successful flu vaccination campaign that was possible.

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.

Improved staff communication was key and to support this they used a new intranet resource area featuring regular articles. One of the articles focused on an ambulance clinician who decided against a vaccine in a previous year and ended up in intensive care. He was particularly powerful in demonstrating the value of the vaccine to staff who did not consider themselves as being at risk.

Uptake for this year is currently 61 per cent, and is the highest performing ambulance service trust this season. 

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