7th Dec, 2016

University Hospital shortlisted for Public Sector Communications Awards

Shaun Reynolds 9th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust has been shortlisted for the 2016 Public Sector Communications Awards.

The hospital has been nominated in the Internal Communications Campaign of the Year category at the awards which celebrates the best work in PR and communications, emergency services and not-for-profit bodies from across the UK.

UHCW’s communications and occupational health teams were shortlisted for their staff flu vaccination campaign – which was run in-house at no additional cost to the trust.

The campaign, which ran between October 2015 and January 2016, helped the numbers of staff vaccinated to increase to 63.9 per cent – an increase of nine per cent from the previous year.

UHCW also saw higher rates of flu vaccination when compared to other neighbouring trusts – demonstrating that the local campaign had led to the bucking of regional and national trends.

Karen Martin, chief workforce and information officer, said: “It’s fantastic that our communications and occupational health teams have been recognised for their work to encourage staff to get vaccinated against influenza.

“Achieving a significantly higher vaccination rate will have protected many staff, patients and relatives against a virus which can be deadly to vulnerable people, as well as helping to decrease staff sickness absence.”

The awards ceremony will be held in London on Thursday (July 14).

The Trust will be up against seven other public sector organisations including Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.