Category Archive: Sector
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.
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.
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
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.
I 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.
Splinter and Liverpool company Twin Vision have been busy working with schools to create Liverpool’s ‘Local Offer’ app. The ‘Local Offer’ is a new law, which states that every local authority must talk with children and young people, with special educational needs or disabilities and their families to find out what sort of support and services they need.
“When you realise that there are 21 characters, each with 3 mini-games, that makes 63 mini-games that needed creating within 6 months – which seems unfeasible. But the way we got around that was by building game mechanic templates which could be reused multiple times…”
Jon Raffe, Splinter
Splinter has recently created Famous People; a suite of Flash games aimed at a Primary school audience; for the BBC’s Primary History site. The project had a fixed deadline, due to it needing to fit within the annual budgeting period for that department. The suite focused on 21 famous characters throughout history, with each person’s game containing 3 different mini-games. The total of 63 mini-games were created within 6 months. The team built game mechanic templates which could be reused multiple times. Parallel pipelines facilitated a structured process flow, gave the client a good overview of the whole process and also ensured we met the fixed deadline.
While the visual, educational authoring and audio work was in production, the game frameworks were being built which could be re-skinned and re-used across all the different characters. In total there were 6 completely distinct game mechanics, which got mixed and matched depending on the story we were trying to tell for each character. We’re really happy with how flexible they became and how different all the games still feel from each other.
To make sure we kept within the short production timescales, we started each batch of game by doing four fully worked up visuals for each character, consisting of the main scene and three embedded mini-games. Across the 21 characters there are 84 different environments, ranging from Seb Coe’s Olympic stadium through to a Shakespeare-themed quiz show!
Those initial visuals then allowed our storyboard artist to sketch out a full run-through of each character’s game. Each character’s storyboard ran to 20 pages, with 3 panels per page, resulting in an immense 1, 260 storyboard panels.
Within the timescales the games went through multiple debugging phases, as well as a structured user testing session.
To find out more about how we created the Famous People games please visit our blog.
If you wish to link to each individual games please visit the following page: http://www.splinter.co.uk/lovie/bbc-famous-people/
They are one of the most creative, reliable companies I’ve worked with and I would be happy to recommend them to anyone else. Their illustration and design work is top quality – they understand the audience completely and interpret the brief well.
Rachel Duckhouse, Producer, BBC Scotland.
Splinter were commissioned to write, design and produce 11 Bitesize KS1 interactive science games for the BBC. Once the project commenced we were also commissioned to produce a further 7 titles focused on the Scottish Level 1 curriculum.
To find out more about how we created the Max & Molly games please visit our blog.
If you wish to link to each individual games please visit the following page: http://www.splinter.co.uk/lovie/bbc-bitesize/
Splinter have been working on the Liverpool Community Health (LCH) PS staff magazine for over 3 years now.
The magazine contains numerous articles for LCH NHS staff to read on all that is happening within LCH and it’s related projects. The bi-monthly publication is both printed and produced as a Pageturn document.
We were approached by Liverpool Community Health (LCH) to concept and design their 2011 AGM conference materials based on the brief, William Shakespeare’s ‘The Seven Ages of Man’.
LCH’s Head of Communications, Engagement and Marketing, James Brown, asked the simple question of ‘If Shakespeare was alive today, what would he be writing on?’
Armed with this brief, Print Production Manager Kev McCann went about the task of creating 15 ‘app’ icons which showed LCH’s take on Shakespeare’s ‘The Seven Ages of Man’ plus other icons which encompass their core visions and values. The inside pages were designed around a social network theme and hey presto the Annual Report and Accounts 2011 was created!
Invitations, summary documents, feedback cards and slide presentations were also produced for the event which Kev was proud to attend, and if you want to know what happened, check out his blog.
Splinter were commissioned by LARC Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium to create www.cityofradicals for The 2011: Liverpool, City of Radicals programme. Individuals, communities and organisations have been invited to join an open and free-form programme of exhibitions, readings, discussions, publications, debates, events, interactive online exchange and community-based activities designed to examine what – and who – is radical at the start of the 21st Century.
The year both commemorates the major events of 1911 that contributed to the City’s reputation for radicalism, including the opening of the Royal Liver Building, the Bluecoat’s groundbreaking Post-Impressionist exhibition and the Liverpool Transport Strike, and celebrate the radical, anarchic, ‘bolshy’ individuals who made their distinctively ‘scouse’ mark at that time and who have done so in the years between.