Flu fighters rewarded for their balanced teams

Flu fighter

31 / 7 / 2015 3.38pm

To celebrate the achievements of flu fighter teams and trusts throughout the season, we created the fantastic flu fighter reward initiative and we’re proud to announce the first winners!

Entrants were asked to display why they should be recognised as having a balanced flu team. A balanced team should include involvement from a variety of staff members with knowledge of different work areas, and be able to demonstrate the positive effects of their combination of individual skills.  The following entries stood out the most for us and all will receive a special flu bug badge which sets them out as exemplars of good practice.


  • North Somerset Community Partnership - as a social enterprise that provides community services it was vital to make the flu jab accessible to a wide range of people.  The team held drop-in clinics at a variety of locations, making the vaccine available to all frontline healthcare, social care and domiciliary care workers. They vaccinated over 300 social and domiciliary care staff last season, and also used volunteers to support the drop-in clinics – helping to raise the general public’s awareness of the flu vaccination too!
  • South Essex Partnership NHS Trust - the South Essex team aims to include as many people as possible in their flu fighter campaign preparations. This ensures that staff are able to voice how the campaign can work for them so the team can deliver a success campaign. The findings influenced factors such as location, time, access and availability of staff. 
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - each year,  the trust refreshes its flu team. This brings fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the campaign, and the lead of the campaign has two days a week devoted to being a flu fighter. Behind the team lead, other members have a varied background and include the head of nursing, operational manager, consultant in public health, communications lead, infection control lead nurse, pharmacy lead for flu & clinical antibiotic pharmacist and assistant chief medical officer. 
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust - last winter, Royal Devon and Exeter’s  specialist infection control team were joined in the management of flu by microbiology department scientists. At short notice, the teams introduced a new regime for testing flu at the hospital, which significantly reduced testing turnaround times. The combination of team knowledge made a huge difference to patient management, and the trial is set to be expanded for the next flu season – success!
  • Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust - the 2014/15 flu fighter team at Alder Hey was 347 per cent  bigger than the previous year . Their 2014/15 flu fighters were made up from a range of roles including nurse specialists, staff nurses, occupational health teams, ward managers, practice education facilitators and the medical director. The vaccination teams were based on wards and departments to offer the vaccine to staff, but they also did a daily flu walkabout which included visits to community locations and 24-hour cover to ensure all frontline staff were protected. The team achieved a huge result with  80.4 per cent  of all frontline staff receiving protection  against flu. 
Enter your fantastic flu fighter story for August! 
If you’d like to be in with a chance to win our limited edition badges, our August competition is now open. The theme is all hands on deck.
  • How many people are in your flu team, what are the different roles people take – flu lead, peer vaccinator etc?
  • What makes lots of hands key to your campaign?
  • Has the efficiency of your flu team boosted your trust’s flu fighter campaign results?
Tell us your story in no more than 100 words by emailing us at flufighter@nhsemployers.org or tweeting us @NHSflufigher with your stories by August 30 to be in with a chance of winning. 

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