Flu fighter Awards 2014 Media invite

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11 / 2 / 2014 Midnight

Meet the teams behind the record-breaking vaccination of more than half the NHS’s front line workforce

Media invite

This winter has seen a record level of flu vaccinations among frontline NHS staff (53.1 per cent by 31 December), giving unprecedented protection to the workforce and their patients.

There are amazing stories behind these 494,083 vaccinations. You are invited to come and meet the most expert, the most energetic, the most successful and the most inspiring teams who made it happen throughout the NHS.

The third annual NHS flu fighter awards take place at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds on 19 February and there are still free places for journalists - so register your interest now. 

The full stories behind all 26 shortlisted individuals and teams are available here. They are: 

Flu fighter champion

Tracy Lees - Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust 
Llinos Bates - HywelDda Health Board 
Jo Claymore -Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundatio Trust 
Helen Potts - Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
Eileen Sills - Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Innovative flu fighter campaign

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust 
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust 
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust 
Kent Community Health NHS Trust 
NHS England 

Most improved flu fighter campaign

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
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

#flufighter - digital and social media award

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust 
Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups 
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust 
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Best flu fighter team

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust 
Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust 
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation trust 
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation trust 
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Photography and interviews will be available on-site with the winners and runners-up, the judges and the organisers. You will be supported by staff from the NHS Employers organisation, which runs the national flu fighter campaign and gives local organisations all the campaign materials they need.

The day will begin with keynote speeches. The announcement of winners will then take place, followed by dinner and networking.

NHS Employers has continued to use social media to increase awareness of its flu fighter campaign this year, successfully encouraging trusts to embed #flufighter in flu conversations across the Twitter network. The social media presence of the campaign continues to encourage feedback from employers and staff about the flu vaccination. 

More information is available at www.nhsemployers.org/flu and also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nhsflufighter) and Twitter (@NHSflufighter). 

This year flu fighter has also expanded to support healthcare providers and their staff in Wales.

Notes to Editors

See our flu fighters section  for all the details.

If you would like to attend or receive more details, please contact Mike Foster, Senior Media Officer, using the contact details above.

The latest vaccination figures, which go up to 31 December 2013, are available from Gov.uk and include figures for local NHS trusts. 

The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.

Follow flu fighter at @nhsflufighter. For updates about NHS Employers, follow @nhsemployers or its chief executive Dean Royles at @NHSE_Dean.

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