Last night (25 March) the 2019 flu fighter awards were held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.
The awards, hosted by Daniel Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, celebrate the achievements of flu teams and organisations in promoting the flu vaccine to frontline health and social care staff.
Judges included individuals from Skills for Care, the Royal College of Nursing and the editor of the Nursing Times. Awards were also presented by sponsors of the event, Abbott, and sponsor of best team award, NDL.
The awards were the last to be run by the flu fighter campaign. From 2019/20, the frontline healthcare worker flu vaccination campaign will form part of NHS England's / Public Health England's (PHE) winter campaign and will no longer be led by NHS Employers.
The awards followed a day long flu fighter conference, which saw a packed programme including presentations from experts, workshops on a range of topics and opportunities for flu leads to share ideas, challenges and best practice.
The 2019 award winners were:
- Best flu fighter care campaign - HC - One Ltd
- Most creative flu fighter campaign - Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
- Most innovative flu fighter campaign (sponsored by Abbott) - South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Most improved flu fighter campaign - Kings College Hospital
- flu fighter champion - Kathy Robinson - Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
- Best flu fighter team (sponsored by NDL) - Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals
- Best use of the seven elements - Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Read more about the winners and see pictures from the event.