Andrew Barton

National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS)

Andrew is a Nurse Consultant for IV therapy and Vascular Access and leads a team of infusion nurses, vascular access nurses and home IV therapy nurses who all work collaboratively as part of the infusion and vascular access service (IVAS) unit. Andrew is responsible for IV and vascular access leadership, governance, training and safety in his organisation, is a non-medical prescriber and regularly inserts implanted PORTS, Tunnelled catheters, renal catheters and PICCs using the most up to date technology and techniques.

Nationally Andrew is the Chair of the National Infusion & Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) an organisation that aims to represent IV therapy and vascular access practice within the UK to ensure that national policy and guidelines align with best practice and are evidence based. Andrew is also a member of the national electronic medicines guide steering group (MEDUSA) and is recognised as a medical technology principle expert for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and most recently as a clinical expert advisor for The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Andrew is also a committee member of the World Congress of Vascular Access (WoCoVA).

Andrew has spoken at conferences and symposiums in over 44 worldwide cities in 24 countries about vascular access and IV therapy . Andrew is widely published in journals having undertaken numerous research projects, has produced and contributed to national and international guidelines and is also an IV supplement editor for the British Journal of Nursing (BJN).