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Vaccination team shortlisted for national award

Posted onPosted on 7th Jul

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) Mass Vaccination Team has been shortlisted for The University of Bradford award for cross-sector working in the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Excellence in People Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate the work of human resources, occupational development and workforce professionals across the UK.

The vaccination programme in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire was a complete system response, involving acute providers, community teams, commissioners, local authorities, volunteers and general practices – all pulling together in the same direction to protect residents from Covid-19.

Key amongst partnership activities was the recruitment and deployment of frontline staff to the vaccination centres.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals volunteered to be the lead employer for the Covid-19 vaccination programme and collaborated with partners across the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS to recruit, train and then successfully deploy a skilled workforce of registered and non-registered professionals to administer the Covid-19 vaccine across 10 locations.

The team recruited more than 5,000 colleagues to administer the vaccine and is the largest scale programme across the Midlands region.

Chief executive for Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Richard Mitchell said: “The vaccination effort across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has been a real team effort across the whole NHS and I am so proud that we have been shortlisted for this award, which recognises the achievement across the whole system. This project has been life changing for everyone who has worked on it and also for those people who can be protected by the vaccine.”

Accountable office for NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, Amanda Sullivan, added: “The key to delivering great health and care services to our population is for NHS organisation and Local Authorities to work together, irrespective of organisational boundaries.

“The vaccination programme in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire is a great example of this with different organisations taking the lead on different areas of the work – be it estates, pharmacy, communications, operations or inequalities.

“The work that Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has led for in terms of securing the frontline workforce for the vaccination programme is one great example of this – well done to them for this nomination and I wish them best of luck.”