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16 November 2017 was worldwide pressure ulcer reduction day. Every year over 700,000 people are affected by pressure ulcers (damage to the skin and underlying tissue). Treating pressure ulcers costs the NHS more than £3.8 million every year.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust came together to deliver a pressure reduction roadshow an event delivered by District nurses, community matrons, podiatrists and student nurses from across region. Splinter Design designed T-shirts, stickers, selfie-frames and graphic boards (featuring feet and a bare bottom) to help Mersey Care with their roadshows.

The team of health professionals engaged with over 300 staff and shared educational resources and best practice for reducing the risk of pressure ulcers.

Splinter also produced the Sefton Pressure Ulcer Reminder (SPUR) wheel (the first of its kind in the UK!), which aims to help health professionals improve identification and management of pressure ulcers. The wheel was originally created on the back of a cereal box by a staff member!

Splinter worked around the clock liaising with Mersey Care and suppliers to ensure that all the materials required were produced and delivered on time and within budget.

For pressure ulcers campaign information contact: Mersey Care Communications on t: 0151 471 2336.

This year we were asked to refresh an existing flu campaign for Merseyside’s local NHS Trusts by our friends at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH).

We designed a toolkit so NHS Trusts can easily pick and choose from assets including: posters, postcards, stickers and desktops, amongst other items. The Trusts then contact us with specific requirements so bespoke campaigns can be designed and rolled out consistently across the region.

This year’s campaign has been enhanced by new slogans provided by ourselves and LCH and we came up with new themes with a cheeky nod to well known brands.

After just 3 weeks there has been an overall uptake of over 53% with Trusts aiming for a 75% uptake, the final evaluation is scheduled for Spring 2018.

Huzzah! We are so proud that User Busy, our Adolescent neglect campaign created for Cheshire East Council and the Local Safeguarding Board, has been shortlisted for a Campaign of the Year Award. The Local Government Awards are the largest and most prestigious in the sector, recognising excellence and best practice.

The campaign’s approach was based on insight gained from; desk research, working in partnership with child protection professionals and feedback gained from two workshops with Eaton Bank Academy College students.

Since its launch in March 2017 (4 months) User Busy’s:

  • Webpage has had over 2,000 hits
  • 387 practitioner have attended training workshops
  • The campaign toolkit has been downloaded 124 times

The Campaign & PR Toolkit can be found here

You can read about the campaign here

 

Nick Golding, LGC Editor said:

“The awards seek to identify and recognise local government’s greatest innovators, whose achievements are often under reported.”

Thank you again to all our partners who helped bring this important campaign to fruition.

Great news for our friends in the Communications Team at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH). Last night at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards 2017 they scooped the Community Relations Campaign of the Year’ award for their Community Equipment Amnesty Campaign – conceived and designed by our very own Senior Designer and Print Manager, Kev McCann.

The campaign was up against some stiff competition in the form of Barnet Council, Buckingham County Council, NHS Blood and Transplant, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, South Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Police.

The campaign featured a ‘line-up’ approach , featuring various items of community equipment to get people into thinking about whether they have any of the ‘usual suspects’ lurking around their home and giving clear information on how to return them. The campaign was used over printed formats, web graphics and LCH’s entire fleet of vans!

The Community Equipment Amnesty is an ongoing campaign aimed at prompting people in Liverpool to return their borrowed NHS equipment, including things like wheelchairs, walking sticks and crutches. When these items are not returned, it costs the local NHS over £500,000 annually.

After being rolled out in March 2017, the campaign featured on BBC1’s, The One Show, who had a whole segment on returning equipment and the huge costs to the NHS. It seems to have made a positive impact though, as to date it’s saved the local NHS £1.9 million and seen a 40% increase (so far) in people returning borrowed items.

For more information on the Community Equipment amnesty please visit Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

Congratulations to James, Rachel and Anna at LCH Communications Team!

We had fabulous news, from our lovely clients at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH). Their communications team have been shortlisted for 4 awards, at the Public Sector Communications Awards this September.

Why are we so happy? Well, our Community Equipment Amnesty campaign, is one of the campaigns being shortlisted for 2 of the awards.

Community Equipment Amnesty

The Community Equipment Amnesty is an ongoing campaign aimed at prompting people in Liverpool to return their borrowed NHS equipment, including things like wheelchairs, walking sticks and crutches. When these items are not returned, it costs the local NHS over £500,000 annually.

Kev decided upon an ‘line-up’ approach, featuring various items of community equipment to get people into thinking about whether they have any of the ‘usual suspects’ lurking around their home and giving clear information on how to return them. The campaign was used over printed formats, web graphics and LCH’s entire fleet of vans!

After being rolled out in March 2017, the campaign featured on BBC1’s, The One Show, who had a whole segment on returning equipment and the huge costs to the NHS. It seems to have made a positive impact though, as to date it’s saved the local NHS £1.9 million and seen a 40% increase (so far) in people returning borrowed items.

Community equipment amnesty on BBC's The One Show

The campaign has been shortlisted for the ‘Community Relations Campaign of the Year 2017’ and the ‘Local Community Initiative of the Year 2017’ at the Public Sector Communications Awards

Good Luck to LCH for all the awards you are nominated for!

For more information on the Community Equipment amnesty please visit Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

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Featured on The BBC’s One Show was another winning campaign from Splinter’s resident NHS expert Kevin McCann. NHS account manager Kev’s ‘Line up’ design encourages people to return their borrowed medical equipment: wheelchairs, crutches, zimmer frames etc. to the NHS and save money.

Besides printed and digital media the ‘Line up’ design has featured in local media including The One show and been seen locally on the side of vans that are collecting people’s medical equipment. The Amnesty campaign  has proven to be incredibly effective for clients Liverpool Community Health as they have had a 40% increase in people returning borrowed equipment in the last couple of months, helping save the NHS a whopping £1.9 million in 6 months.

 

 

…in Congleton, Behaviour and Welfare Lead; Liz Griffen, and her students for inviting Lesley Seal, Senior Communications Officer from Cheshire East Council and myself to discuss our adolescent neglect campaign.

The Council and school are both creating awareness campaigns to educate people about child and adolescent neglect. Splinter is proud to have won the commission and be involved with this important project. There is little discussed or understood about exactly what child neglect is and what as a society we should do about it. So I was grateful to speak to Liz, a safeguarding and welfare specialist and her group of students, who gave up their lunchtimes to discuss the subject and give me their valuable insight on visuals, messaging and communication channels.

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 16.08.43I was made to feel very welcome and am impressed by the students’ design savvy, creative input and clear understanding of a complex and subjective issue. Having already provided such crucial insight, we have kindly been invited for a return match to tell us what they think of our creative…fingers crossed!

I look forward to my return visit at the end of the month.

…And look out for the campaign in March.

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Splinter Design would like to send their well wishes to one of our favourite print clients, James Brown, from Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, and his twin brother Tim who are taking part in this weekend’s British Transplant Games in Liverpool.

James and Tim are excellent ambassadors for the games after being part of the transplant process a few years ago, when James gave Tim one of his kidneys. Both have since recovered and continued their quest for long and healthy lifestyles, showing the success of the transplant process, and highlighting the importance of organ donation.

The games run from 28th – 31st July, are sponsored by Westfield Health, working with Transplant Sport, Anthony Nolan and Donor family network. They are FREE to attend and held over various sites across the city over the weekend covering sports like Archery (Liverpool Cricket Club), Swimming (Wavertree Aquatics Centre), Volley Ball (Greenbank) and Darts (PANAM). For more information of the games schedule please see: www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk – and don’t forget, sign up to be a donor!

Kev, who works closely with James has produced an illustration to wish them well. Good luck to all participants!

We at Splinter don’t just like to eat doughnuts… we like to rock n roll as well. With that in mind last weekend I became one of the 16000 people to take part in the Liverpool part or the Rock n Roll Marathon series, which began in San Diego in 1998 and now has at least 30 events worldwide in cities like Liverpool, Washington DC, Dublin, Madrid and Las Vegas.

The weekend comprised a 5k on the Saturday and a Half Marathon, Marathon and a 1 mile on the Sunday…Oh and a big piece of bling and a free beer at the end – what’s not to love about that?

I’ve been running for around 2 years and am still very much a beginner. I completed couch to 5k, found a beginners running group local to me through the Run England site and started adding on some miles over the last 18 months. Last year I ran 10 x 10k races and joined the Penny Lane Striders running club. This year my challenge is 3 or 4 half marathons. I ran my first half in Liverpool in March and this was my second.

It wasn’t “fun”, but it was definitely fun as well. It was way too hot, and the sun along the prom was brutal for the last 4 miles, but it was a laugh, loads of music and people dressed up along the course. There were so many people out cheering and so many lovely people to chat too on the course from other running clubs, it really amazes me the community feel. The course was a lovely winding course through a beautifully clear sunny Liverpool. it definitely showed off the city at it’s best and the mix of grand buildings at the pier head and in town mixed with the quiet leafy parks we ran through was beautiful.

It wasn’t my fastest race, but I am pleased to have completed another one and to come away with 3 medals out of it – a 5k one, a half marathon one and a remix one because I did both events.

Only problem with Rock n Roll is… you want more… so I’ve already signed up for next years Liverpool race, and plans are afoot to maybe go to Dublin so I can add an encore medal (for running a second event) and a world rocker medal (for running in 2 different countries) to my collection.

It’s all about the bling don’tcha know…

Skippy finisher

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