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COVID-19 communications and engagement recognised at national awards event

07/07/2022

Oxford University Hospitals, working in partnership with and supported by Oxford Hospitals Charity, received three Gold (winners) awards and a Silver (runner-up) award at the Internal Communications and Engagement (ICE) Awards 2022 on Wednesday 6 July.

These awards recognised the work of the Trust’s in-house Communications and Oxford Medical Illustration (OMI) teams throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three Gold awards were for:

Best Internal Communications During the COVID-19 Pandemic – for our overall approach to staff communications over the past two years, which the judges praised as an ‘Excellent entry that recognised the need to inform and engage a critical audience effectively’
Best Internal Publication (Digital) – for the Stories from the COVID-19 Pandemic eBook, which the judges said was ‘Beautiful, powerful and evocative’
Best Internal Publication (Print) – for the Beyond Words Book, described by the judges as ‘a beautifully designed use of print content’ and ‘a clear celebration of the organisational culture’.

The Silver award was for:

Best Use of Social Media – for the campaign encouraging COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy.

Internal communications during the pandemic has involved a wide range of staff across not only the Communications and OMI teams but also throughout the Trust, including visible leadership from the Executive team.

Stories from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond Words were both designed in-house by Jackie Love (Head of Design, OMI), and made possible through funding and logistics support by Oxford Hospitals Charity. They both form part of the Trust’s Growing Stronger Together – Rest, Reflect, Recover programme which is led by Chief People Officer, Terry Roberts.

The social media campaign focused on COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy was delivered by Communications and OMI colleagues working in partnership with not only clinicians at OUH, but also our health and care system partners in Oxfordshire and further afield.

Thank you to Oxford Hospitals Charity for making the eBook and Book projects possible, due to their funding.

Pictured: Sarah Vaccari (Head of Communications, Oxford Hospitals Charity), Matt Akid (Director of Communications & Engagement, Oxford University Hospitals) and Jackie Love (Head of Design – Oxford Medical Illustration, Oxford University Hospitals)