2006: Connecting with staff

  • Winner: Liz Smith, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Runner up: Communications Team, Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

Winning Project: Synapse, Talkabout and Signpost

This project involved the development of a coherent communications programme designed to keep staff fully informed about Derby Hospital's 333 million re-development programme. The communications team used existing and new communications tools to do this, including:

Synapse - the staff magazine, produced in full colour thanks to advertising.

Talkabout - a two-way e-communications facility on the intranet that allows staff to ask questions, feedback ideas and comments.

Signpost - a monthly e-communications update to all staff.

Staff Information Files - these are files held on all wards and departments containing up-to-date information, including Signpost, for those staff with no or limited access to email and the intranet.

Staff Notice Boards - these use an innovative traffic light arrow system to highlight the latest postings.


Judge: Colin Goodhew, Lucid Design

Judge's Comment: This was obviously a successful project with an enormous amount of effort put into it.

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