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RCN UK Nursing Support Workers Committee

As an RCN member, you can use this page to keep up to date with the Nursing Support Workers Committee's activity.

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The RCN UK Nursing Support Workers Committee (formerly the RCN UK Health Practitioner Committee - see below for more information about the name change) represents the thousands of health care assistants, health care support workers, assistant practitioners, nursing associates and trainee nursing associates who are members of the RCN. The committee is made up of the nursing support worker member of Council, the nursing support worker member of the Trade Union Committee, the nursing support worker member of the Professional Nursing Committee and one representative each from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the nine English regions.

Through the nursing support worker member of Council the committee can influence RCN policy and strategy on matters relating to health care assistants and assistant practitioners.

If you are a nursing support worker member of the RCN and would like to share your views, ideas or concerns with the committee, please email Governance Support

Kevin Morley

Kevin Morley, Chair

Nursing Support Worker member of RCN Council 

Kevin is an active RCN member and is an accredited RCN Steward and the current Chair of the RCN Nursing Support Workers Committee. He has gained valuable experience working as a Nursing Support Worker within a Community District Nursing Team and a community staff governor at a local Trust. 

Kevin has also achieved significant work as Chair of the Nursing Support Worker Committee and would like to keep up the momentum of this work as the Nursing Support Worker member on RCN Council.

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Lorraine McLauchlan, Vice Chair

Member for Scotland

Biography to follow.

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Sandra-Jane Stock

Member for Eastern

Sandra-Jane (SJ) is a Band 2 Health Care Assistant at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, working mainly with children.

SJ started working in the NHS in 1982, qualifying as a RGN in 1986 and a RSCN in 1988. SJ has worked in hospital, schools and the community with children and their families in many different roles, including Band 7 Children’s respiratory & allergy nurse specialist with a non-medical prescribing qualification in West London. Owing to disability, SJ took ill health retirement and left the NMC register at the end of 2021. Finding retirement not to her liking, SJ joined NNUH as a Health Care Assistant.

Life-long learning has always been an important part of SJ’s life, undertaking post-registration qualifications in teaching and assessing, paediatric asthma, allergy in practice, Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing followed by a top-up degree at the RCN – BSc (Hons) in Child Health Nursing. Apart from annual updates in respiratory, allergy and prescribing, SJ’s most recent formal qualification was Non-Medical Prescribing registered with the NMC in 2012. Now, however, SJ is undertaking a MA in Childhood & Youth studies with the OU. SJ had an article published in RCNi Journal, Nursing Children & Young People in 2019.

SJ has been a member of the RCN since 1982, as a student member, Registered Nurse member, retired member (very briefly) and as a NSW member. SJ became the elected member of the Nursing Support Workers (NSW) Committee representing the Eastern Region in 2023. Having been a Registered Nurse, SJ felt that she was well placed to support NSWs due to her breadth of knowledge and experience of competencies and acknowledgement of increased role expectations – NSW’s taking on more of the clinical skills that used to be in the Registered Nurse domain and highlighting when NSWs being asked to take on roles / tasks beyond their job description and taking action on behalf of other NSWs. Recently SJ has become the NSW Committee representative on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, having had practical experience of how difficult it is to argue for necessary adjustments.

Outside of work, studying and RCN commitments, SJ has a long history of volunteering - previously as a School Governor, PCC Treasurer, Lead Chaperone & safeguarding officer for a youth theatre group and currently as an Age UK phone friend, Beaver Leader in training (Scouting) and Rainbow Leader in training (Guiding).

SJ has a "long-suffering" husband, two grown up sons and a beautiful rescue dog.

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Georgia Bowers

Member for East Midlands

Georgia is a Nursing Associate working in social care. Prior to training at university, Georgia was a support worker, working in a Butterfly Care Home since 2019, specialising in advanced dementia care. Georgia continues to work here post registration. Georgia has been a member of the NSW Committee since April 2024 and hopes that this role will allow her to connect with fellow members in the region to help advocate on their behalf and discover ways that we can share knowledge and experiences. Georgia hopes for a long career working within a nursing team to deliver high levels of care.

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Catalina Cerlinca

Member for London

Catalina is a nursing associate and the London region representative on the Nursing Support Workers Committee. Catalina came to the UK 13 years ago and started her NHS career working in domestic services before training to become a nursing associate. Catalina was one of the first 1000 nursing associates after being part of the pilot programme and is passionate about highlighting the vital role nursing support workers play.

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Alisha Rogers

Member for Northern

Alisha is a trainee nursing associate employed by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust. She worked in home care for a year before going on to work as a clinical support worker for her local district nursing team. From there she has started training as a Nursing Associate. Alisha is currently the Secretary for the Cumbria branch. She first showed interest in the Nursing Support Worker Committee during Congress 2023, where she felt there wasn’t enough representation for Nursing Associates. Later she applied and was appointed a member of the committee. Alisha has attended Congress since 2022 but frequently attended with her mother from the age of 5.


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Geraldine Russell

Member for Northern Ireland

Biography to follow.

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Sunday Babanumi

Member for North West

Biography to follow.

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Sharon Mitchel

Member for South East

Biography to follow.


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Vacant

Member for South West
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David Parry

Member for Wales

Biography to follow.

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Ilva Jones

Member for West Midlands

Ilva is a Band 4 Nursing Support Worker at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham working with the Nutrition Nurses. looking after patients with Feeding tubes. She started her HCA journey in 1997 working in a Nursing Home. Ilva started working at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1999 working on Surgical Liver Ward, then worked in Endoscopy and has been working in her current role since 2008. She completed her NVQ Level 3 in Direct Care in 2004.

Ilva has been an RCN member since 2012, and became an accredited Steward in 2020. She was also elected to the Nursing Support Workers Committee in 2020. Ilva is also the Lead for NSWs for the South Birmingham Branch.

Ilva is hoping to achieve proper recognition for Nursing Support Workers; working to achieve regulation of Nursing Support Workers in the future, and fair pay for what they do. 

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Katherine Davis

Member for Yorkshire & the Humber

Biography to follow.

Tracie Culpitt

Tracie Culpitt

Member of the Professional Nursing Committee and ex-officio member of the Nursing Support Workers Committee

Tracie works in Education and Organisational development at an NHS Trust as the lead for Quality Assurance. She currently works with bands 2-4, around apprenticeship standards. She also sits on the RCN Education and Clinical Governance Forums. As the Nursing Support Worker member of the Professional Nursing Committee, Tracie is a voice for the unregistered workforce. She is an ex-officio member of the RCN UK Nursing Support Workers committee.

Dennis Greer

Dennis Greer

Member of the Trade Union Committee and ex-officio member of the Nursing Support Workers Committee

Dennis is a Senior Nursing Assistant in the Rapid Response Team and a Healthcare Practitioner in a GP practice at Omagh Hospital and primary care complex. He served on the Nursing Support Workers Committee as a directly elected member from 2014-2020, including as Vice-Chair from 2016 and is very active within his branch as the RCN South Western Branch Secretary and as an RCN Network lead for Nursing Support Workers in Northern Ireland. Dennis is a Steward and is currently undertaking training as a Safety Rep. He is an ex-officio member of the RCN UK Nursing Support Workers committee.

You can find out more about the role and remit of the committee by reading the terms of reference.

Change to the name of the membership category

Following a vote of members at the 2019 Annual General Meeting the name of the membership category is changing from "health practitioners" to "nursing support workers". Find out more here.

 

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