2018 flu fighter conference highlights

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On Tuesday 24 April, around 150 healthcare workers joined the flu fighter team at the Midland Hotel in Manchester for the largest flu fighter conference yet.

It was a fantastic day, filled with great discussions and a chance to showcase best practice in health and social care. Our flu bug also made a guest appearance! The attendees were left inspired by a host of speakers and workshops, from the following people.

  • Sarah Taylor from Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust spoke about how they changed the culture of their organisation through staff engagement.
  • Jon Latham from NHS Blood and Transplant provided the word of the day ‘Trypanophobia‘ as he shared details about their blood donation process, providing useful tips to our flu leads on how they get their donors to overcome the fear of needles.
  • Delegates then broke off and joined a workshop of their choice, from representatives from different trusts who have been doing some amazing things over the 2017/18 flu season. These included a session on ‘Recording Opt-outs’ from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, ‘Peer Vaccination: recruiting, training and supporting’ from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, ‘Injecting fun into your campaign’ from James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and a session on ‘Hard-hitting campaigns #whatsyourreason’ from St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. There was some great learning from these workshops and some inspiring practice shared. 
  • Linda Elsert at the European Centre for Disease and Control shared learning from other countries, explaining how England is the only country in the EU with such a high flu vaccine uptake.
  • Lynne Benton from Public Health England then provided a thought provoking case study on a care home outbreak, showing how cost effective it is to get your staff vaccinated.
  • After lunch and an appearance from our flu bug mascot, Paula Dabbs from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust shared how offering a local charity incentive for each jab helped increase their uptake.
  • The flu fighter teams very own Steph Foley explained how flu fighter HQ can help you in your campaigns.
  • And finally, Dr Nick Hopkinson from Imperial College London shared some interesting evidence on how the increase of flu vaccination uptake can make sickness absence decrease.

If you were unable to attend but would like a copy of the slides, please email flufighter@nhsemployers.org

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