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Congratulations to our school-age immunisation team – winners of the Nursing Times Team of the Year 2017 Award!

Our DCHS school-age immunisation team were named last night as winners of the prestigious national Nursing Times Team of the Year 2017 Award!

We want to share this brilliant news with you all and send our big congratulations to the team. Pictured collecting the award last night, on behalf of the team, are (from left) Amy Sims (clinical team leader), Caroline Laight (immunisation administrative assistant) and Helen North, immunisation nurse.

The Nursing Times Awards 2017 – held at Grosvenor House Hotel, London - recognised the huge achievement of the immunisation team in delivering such good results in a short time and their fantastic team spirit to get the job done. Now in their 27th year, the awards are among the most respected awards in the nursing and healthcare sector annually.

Team leader Susie Scales said: “All the team has worked so hard and it means a lot to receive this award from our own nursing profession. We were up against 11 other exceptional finalist teams from all over the UK which makes this very special indeed.”

The team has delivered four different vaccinations to 45 senior schools and 235 primary schools over a distance of 1,000 square miles, amounting to over 67,000 protective vaccinations given to 5 – 19 year olds in Derbyshire in the past academic year. 

The team was established only in September 2015 and to date have delivered many thousands of doses of flu, meningitis, school-leaver booster and HPV vaccinations.  Currently the team is in the process of offering and administering nasal flu vaccination to 46,000 primary school children – a task which started in October and needs to be completed by Christmas. Team members are pictured at work in a Belper primary school.

It is the second time the school-age immunisation team have been recognised for their teamwork and achievements – they were named Team of the Year in our 2016 EMA awards. And making this a hat-trick of awards, team leader Susie Scales and Amy Sims, clinical team leader, were crowned winners of the leadership category of the RCNi Nurse Awards in May 2017.

Congratulations, from all your colleagues at DCHS.