11 / 2 / 2014 Midnight
Meet the teams behind the record-breaking vaccination of more than half the NHS’s front line workforce
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
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.