Andrew Mather talks about his role as a nursing assistant for Nursing Support Workers Day
My name is Andrew Mather and I have been a nursing assistant working in the NHS for 9 years.
I currently work in the community with the district nursing team in North Tyneside. I am a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Safety Rep and a trained RCN Steward.
For the last 10 weeks I’ve been supporting the flu team who deliver flu vaccinations to our vulnerable housebound patients. The team’s role is to help meet the increasing demands for flu vaccines and improve support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team reflects daily on the processes and systems to deliver flu vaccines and my role is to help coordinate the team.
I really enjoy the variety of this role including making sure GPs are kept up to date regarding vaccinations, contacting patients, collecting vaccines from GPs, checking patients records, assisting with admin tasks and supporting the rest of the team when needed.
We’ve administered over 3000 vaccines in just 10 weeks. This normally takes more than 5 months to complete! I’ve also developed some guides to assist staff and support the flu team next year as well as helping to prepare us for the impending COVID vaccine.