Prestigious HSJ Award win for Covid-19 Vaccination Programme




The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Covid-19 Vaccination Programme has won the 'Improving Health Outcomes for Minority Ethnic Communities Award' at the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards on 24 October 2022

The Award recognises the insight-led work of our Covid-19 Vaccination Programme’s cross-system Maximising Access Group (MAG), which works in partnership with communities to encourage equity of access and uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Wellspring Surgery is proud to be part of the award winning cross-system team, which includes BNSSG’s local authorities, Sirona care & health, Primary Care Networks, hospital trusts, community pharmacies, and voluntary community and social enterprise organisations, alongside faith and community leaders, and individuals from across our health system.

Our entry highlighted how analysis of public health intelligence by BNSSG’s Clinical Commissioning Group provided the early insight that in addition to being disproportionately affected by Covid-10, people from some Minority Ethnic communities would be less likely to have the vaccine. The scale and urgency of the challenge gave the Vaccination Programme permission to try new ways of working and led to the creation of the Maximising Access Group.

The Maximising Access Group has overseen vaccinations in community settings including mosques, temples, churches, as well as Amazon, Primark, IKEA, job centres and abattoirs, and from a backpack, roving the streets of Inner Bristol City. They have given more than 41,000 vaccinations and seen the gap narrow in uptake in some minority ethnic communities.

Published: Nov 4, 2022