How the RCN are supporting nursing staff to keep our populations well this winter

Susan Masters 19 Oct 2020

Vaccination is an essential, primarily nurse led, service. Maintaining safety is always fundamental to all clinical services and there has been considerable discussion nationally around how nursing staff can deliver vaccinations safely.

Flu Vaccine

Vaccination is an essential, primarily nurse led, service and maintaining safety is always fundamental to all clinical services. There has been considerable discussion nationally around how nursing staff can deliver vaccinations safely, whilst minimising time spent in clinical areas and maintaining social distance.

The RCN has developed the following guidance and positions to support our members working in this area:

  • We’ve developed guidance to support the practical implementation of mass vaccination during COVID-19. Read more here.
  • We’ve responded to the Department of Health and Social Care's consultation on distributing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and flu. Read our response here.
  • We’ve launched our #BeatTheFlu campaign for the 2020 – 2021 flu season. This is to encourage all health and care staff to get the flu vaccine. It is also designed to support nursing staff deliver the vaccine safely. The flu vaccine should be freely available to all front line staff, including students. This is to protect them and their patients, and to instil best practice on the health care professionals of the future.

We’re working with NHS and public health agencies to inform and advise on the various pieces of work going on around vaccination programmes this season. This includes the potential COVID-19 vaccine.

Our position is clear: nursing staff should receive access to education and training in line with nationally agreed immunisation training guidance. We will continue to work with national and regional teams to make sure we have the workforce needed to support the delivery of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. This is provided that these staff have the support, supervision and training they need.

We’ll continue to engage with the NHS and Public Health teams for future development to ensure best practice and will continue to update the relevant pages with more guidance.

If you need any information or support from the RCN relating to COVID-19, visit our website or contact us.
Susan Masters

Susan Masters

RCN Director of Nursing, Policy and Public Affairs

Susan has been in her current role since December 2019. She has been a registered nurse for 29 years. Susan trained as a Registered General Nurse at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, qualifying in 1991, staying there post-graduation to work on acute wards and the coronary care unit.

Susan later moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital to become dual trained as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse. Returning to the South West region, Susan studied health visiting at the University of the West of England and, after qualifying, worked as a health visitor for many years in Somerset.

She had many years' experience in senior leadership roles, including regional roles and as an associate director of nursing and quality in a South West clinical commissioning group before joining the RCN in February 2018 taking up the role of regional director for the South West region. She is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy, gaining an MSc in Senior Leadership.

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