Dedicated hospital workers, who encouraged colleagues to have their flu jab, have been recognised with a national award.
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust vaccinated three quarters of frontline staff against the flu in 2016 - hitting the national NHS target and improving on last year’s performance of just over 50 per cent. As a result, the Hospital recently scooped a national NHS FluFighter Award in the ‘Best Team’ category at the ceremony in Leeds.
The ‘JabTeamEliot’ campaign saw health workers from across the hospital come together and use a wide range of methods, such as videos, 24-hour ‘jabathons’ and drop-in sessions, to encourage the uptake of jabs among staff. In addition, microbiologists, patient representatives and nurses helped to dispel common myths about the flu jab; such as the idea that the vaccination gives you the flu.
Championing the cause within the hospital, was the home grown super hero team, the “superjabbers”. This team were responsible for administering the vaccinations at all hours, and going above and beyond the normal remits of their jobs to ensure that the hospital’s most vulnerable patients remained protected against the flu. This crack team was made up of members of staff from a variety of backgrounds, including nurses, occupational therapists, ward managers and the infection prevention and control team.
Team members worked flexibly to visit teams that worked off site, conducted early morning visits, and evening walkabouts. Vaccinators also visited the teams that struggle to get to drop-in sessions, such as those in theatres and A&E. A night nurse ‘superjabber’ offered late drop-in sessions and the ambulatory care team delivered drop-in support, seven days a week.
Director of Nursing and Director of Infection Prevention & Control, Michelle Norton said: Strong teamwork, persistence and dedication meant we were able to protect more of our staff than ever before. Well done to all involved and thanks to our ‘superjabbers’”
Sue Wakeman, Director of Human Resources said: “Getting the flu jab helps protect our staff and patients, and we were determined and delighted to achieve this award and of course be recognised for our creative approaches in the national flu fighter awards.”