Highlighting the vital role of nursing support workers

Nursing support workers play a critical role in helping care for patients across the NHS.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been helping mark a new awareness day by highlighting the role its support workers play.

As Nursing Support Workers’ Day is marked today, the trust has been paying tribute to its clinical support workers.

In the first year the Royal College of Nursing has held the campaign, the trust’s deputy chief nurse Karen Sheard has been praising support workers across the organisation.

Karen said: “Our nursing support workers play a vital role. They are at the centre of our wards, clinics and community teams.

“The term ‘nursing support worker’ might not be something the public are all familiar with. What you may be surprised to hear is that this term covers hundreds of job titles and roles including healthcare assistants, assistant practitioners, nursing associates and enhanced care workers.

“Nursing support workers can work independently, as well as alongside nurses and as part of a wider multi-skilled team.

“Without them we wouldn’t be able to deliver the high quality care we do to patients.

“I’d like to personally thank all of our nursing support workers for everything they do for our patients every day.”

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