Finalists for flu fighter Champion award


15 / 4 / 2014 1.46pm

This award highlights and celebrates the efforts of individuals who have gone above and beyond expectations in order to promote the flu vaccination to staff. These nominees are true 'flu heroes' and have approached their local flu campaign with tenacity and innovation which has been recognised by their flu teams.


Eileen Sills, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

'Eileen’s efforts had a considerable impact in raising the profile of the flu programme in the trust and contributed to the increase in vaccine uptake. Many staff were keen to meet Eileen personally and receive their vaccine from her.'

As Chief Nurse at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Eileen used her influence with other senior staff and colleagues to promote the flu vaccination. Eileen also trained to be a peer vaccinator and arranged to vaccinate staff during lunch time clinics in areas with high staff throughput. She also opportunistically vaccinated staff when attending various trust meetings e.g. the executive board meeting. Despite considerable restraints on her time, Eileen vaccinated over 150 staff. The total number of staff vaccinated by peer vaccinators increased from 200 last year to almost 800 this year.


Helen Potts, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

'She listened to the staff and what they wanted, based on feedback from previous year’s campaigns. Helen is very passionate and motivated when it comes to the flu campaign and approaches every staff member with the same enthusiasm and dedication, whether she has given her first or thousandth jab.'

Helen was the key individual in the Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust flu vaccination campaign, who single handedly trained senior clinical staff from around the trust to administer the flu vaccine. This ensured a timely launch of the programme in conjunction with the arrival of the first batch of vaccines. Team of vaccinators also co-ordinated work commitments to ensure a concentrated approach.

Helen not only maintained her enthusiasm and motivation throughout the programme, but was a visible presence in the hospital, carrying out over 50 per cent of the total vaccines given, and was a flu fighting role model to all.


Jo Claymore, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

'Jo Claymore is our strongest flu champion and she has been the pulse of our team for several years.  Over the last two years she has immunised more staff than anyone else despite being a busy ward manager on one of our acute medical wards.'

Jo has immunised 533 staff during the flu campaigns in 2012/13 and 2013/14 and is determined to keep jabbing until the end of the trust flu campaign in March. One of the many brilliant things Jo has done to support the trust's flu fighter campaign was to convert the promotional items provided by a pharmaceutical company into flu cushions and bags, which sparked conversations about the flu vaccination across the trust.

'We offer anytime, any place, anywhere flu jabs and Jo exemplifies this in her flexibility, demonstrated by administering the flu jab at a person’s place of work including the entrance to the staff car park!'

Llinos Bates, Hywel Dda Health Board

'She  is known as the Flu Champion, and it is clear to see when walking around the hospital with Llinos, that staff members expect her to raise the subject at every opportunity.  Uptake has increased this year and we now believe this will lead to an even greater uptake next year.'

Llinos was the only volunteer from the hospital (and only one of three in the whole county) to step forward to be the on the ground champion and talk to colleagues who viewed the flu jab with scepticism and negativity. Llinos has worked tirelessly, with endless good humour and positivity in order to change this perception. She has provided crucial support to the occupational health team and public health team in promoting, encouraging and giving the flu jab to staff.


Tracy Lees, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

'Tracy has worked tirelessly on this year’s flu programme, highlighting the importance of flu vaccination both strategically and operationally, a thankless task, but her innovation this year has been unsurpassable.'

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.

'Her drive and innovation is incredible and never ending. We are a very proud team to have exceeded the 75 per cent target.'

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