The Communications Team at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) won two awards at the recent prestigious Public Sector Communications Awards.
Shortlisted for a total of four awards, the Trust managed to pick up two: the Community Relations Campaign of the Year award and the Partnership Engagement Initiative of the year award.
The awards were for the team’s community equipment amnesty campaign, developed with operational colleagues, and last year’s #Jabdone staff flu campaign, which was a collaborative Merseyside campaign involving six NHS Trusts.
The award ceremony was hosted by Don’t Panic Events and took place at the prestigious Montcalm Marble Arch in London, on Wednesday 6 September 2017.
The community equipment amnesty campaign aimed to encourage NHS staff, patients and the wider community in Liverpool to return all NHS community equipment items to Liverpool’s Community Equipment Service when no longer needed, in order to be cleaned, recycled and reused. It resulted in £1.9m worth of equipment being returned, which can be reinvested into the service to support patients.
The campaign was featured on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ and has since generated interest from a number of other NHS Trusts from across the country now looking at implementing a similar idea.
The #Jabdone staff flu campaign was an innovative staff engagement campaign to encourage NHS employees in the Mersey region to have a flu vaccine to protect patients.
It successfully supported each trust in getting 75% of their staff vaccinated by 31 December, resulting in the best performing year for NHS staff flu vaccination uptake in Merseyside to date and protection from flu for the wider community.
Hilda Gwilliams, Chief Nurse at Liverpool Community Health said:
“I’m really proud at the success of both of these campaigns. The community equipment campaign really engaged our local communities and ensured that vital equipment was returned, meaning that other patients and families could benefit.
The #Jabdone flu campaign was an amazing collaboration across local NHS Trusts to ensure that staff received their flu vaccine to help protect patients. Healthcare staff are always at greater risk of getting the flu and transmitting it to others, so the level of work involved in helping to shape positive behaviours cannot be underestimated.’
We are very proud of the impact that these campaigns have had, and to have that success recognised nationally is a fantastic achievement.”