flu fighter awards 2015

Star award

23 / 10 / 2014 4.37pm

Each year we run the flu fighter awards. These awards give staff from flu fighter teams a chance to celebrate their hard work and gain recognition for all their efforts on local flu fighter campaigns. Nominations are open for the 2016 flu fighter awards. To find out more about last year, check out our flu fighter awards 2014. 

The winners of 2015 were as follows:

Flu fighter champion - Stuart Young, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

This award aims to recognise and celebrate the commitment of an individual who has gone above and beyond expectations to promote the flu vaccination to staff. Stuart became a prolific tweeter during Sandwell's campaign, even tweeting Jeremy Hunt to confirm whether the Secretary of State had had his jab!


  • Dame Eileen Sills - Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Sandra Palmer - Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kerri James - Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Angela Roberts - St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust 

Stuart was presented with his award by the editor of Nursing Times, Jenni Middleton. 
 Champion award winner

#flufighter - digital and social media - East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

This award is for those who have shown outstanding creativity in the use of digital and social media to promote the vaccine to staff. The communications team decided that a new approach was needed to tackle and bust myths, so they created a song and an inspired campaign called #FluFighterFace which included images of staff having their jabs.


  • Cwm Taf University Health Board 
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The team were presented their award by Vanessa Garrity from @WeNurses. Digital social media award

Innovative flu fighter campaign - Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

For this category, we asked flu fighter teams to share any new or exciting strategies they have implemented this year to improve uptake. The #ImmuniseYourSelfie digital campaign really got people talking about the flu vaccination. Staff from across the trust posed for ‘selfies’ and highlighted their reasons for getting the jab.


  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

The team were presented with their award by Daniel Mortimer, NHS Employers. Most innovative campaign

Most improved flu fighter campaign - Devon County Council

This award aims to showcase organisations who have made a significant improvement in flu vaccination uptake and to their overall campaign. It’s testament to the team’s approach that the vaccination rate increased from just 10 members of staff in 2013/14 to 122 this year. The strategy included fortnightly features and case studies in the staff e-newsletter to highlighted awareness.


  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Worcester Health and Care NHS Trust

The team was presented with their award by Helen Stevens from the NHS Leadership Academy. Most improved campaign

Best flu fighter team - South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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. Each team member contributed to the flu fighter campaign – from IT devising the intranet and timetables, patient safety supporting governance, communications arranging briefings, staff blogs, updating Twitter and Facebook, to pharmacy supporting the vaccination ordering, supply and distribution.


  • Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust 
  • South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

The team received their award from Tony Pearson from UNISON.Best flu team

Flu fighter carers award - Newland Community Pharmacy

This new award asked flu fighter teams to share how they have used the new carer’s resources in their organisation. The pharmacy is a key member of the carer-friendly pharmacy scheme that aims to raise awareness of the support available to carers in Hull. The team provide the flu jab to patients entitled to vaccinations on the NHS, which has led to an uptake of more than 150 per cent on the previous year. The team received their award from Jo Yarwood from Public Health England.Carers award

If you would like any further information, please contact us on 0844 334 5252 or email us flufighter@nhsemployers.org

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