Anita Hastings, a staff nurse in respiratory medicine outpatients at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, is in the running for an award for her work on this winter’s NHS workforce influenza vaccination campaign.
She has been shortlisted in the Flu Fighter Champion category of the Flu Fighter Awards 2012-13, which are organised by NHS Employers.
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust said that what makes Ms Hastings “stand out” from the other ward vaccinators is that she goes the “extra mile” to ensure a high percentage of the respiratory department, not just the ward, receive their flu vaccination each year.
This included often coming in on her days off to vaccinate in sessions, which meant she was able to vaccinate 130 people in the first week of the trust’s flu jab campaign.
She did this by offering her colleagues in respiratory medicine appointment times to save them having to wait when they were busy. She also offered “drop in” sessions and blocked bookings to other areas within the hospital, and fitted these in within in her normal work load.
Ms Hastings managed to vaccinate 170 colleagues in just three weeks.
Chris Parfitt, the trust’s senior nurse for respiratory medicine, praised the “tremendous effort demonstrated by Anita in ensuring her colleagues in this high risk area are protected for the flu season”.
The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony at Leeds City Museum on 27 February.