The 10th NIVAS Conference

We are looking forward to seeing you at our 2-day face to face event ‘Vascular Access at the Heart of Healthcare’ taking place face-to-face on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th June at the Birmingham Conference and Event Centre (BCEC).

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The Benefits of a Nursing Led Vascular Access Service Team:

A White Paper to outline a standardised structure and approach for the NHS to deliver vascular access services in every hospital.

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A message from the Chair

Dear NIVAS Member,

I hope this message finds you and your services recovering well from the pandemic. I wanted to update you about some of the recent work NIVAS has been doing. Progress for our conference is going well and we are all set to see you face to face in Birmingham on the 28th June for our 10th Conference. This years theme is ‘Vascular access at the heart of healthcare’ where we will be look back over the past 10 years and where we are today and our priorities for the future.

Before the pandemic NIVAS we starting to work on national guidelines for vascular access and IV therapy and the creation of a nationally accredited qualification for vascular access. I am very pleased to tell you the board has started working on these projects in earnest. We have completely mapped out the national guidelines and started to populate the data and evidence needed to produce these. These guidelines will form the basis of the content for the national vascular access qualification. This forms a 3 year plan to improve safety nationally in relation to IV therapy and vascular access practice.

NIVAS is still working hard to promote your interests nationally in relation to IV therapy and vascular access practice and will continue to do so. As you will know, procuring IV therapy and vascular access products has been a problem over the past few months with the most commonly used devices not being available via NHS supply chain. This shortage or devices such as cannula, venepuncture sets and 10ml saline ampules have made good practice in IV therapy and vascular access harder to maintain but not impossible thankfully. A couple of things to remember is that not all needle free connectors are Aurum glass syringe prefilled emergency drug compatible, NIVAS is still working with MHRA and NHS I/E. It important to be aware of issues like this because if your usually needle free connector becomes unavailable, care should be taken to replace it with a like for like product.

Take care everyone and see you in Birmingham.

Kind Regards


Andrew Barton, NIVAS Chair

CLICK HERE for the NIVAS Infusion Pump User Guidance 2021

Training Material Links

Please click here for the User guide HULL VP7000 Training Guide V1 150321 MJD

Please click here for the User guide SinoMed SN1800V IP001 V1.0

Please click here for the User guide SinoMed Volumetric pump SN-1800V User manual

Please click here for the User guide HAWKMED_HK100 pump

Please click here for the User guide Medcaptain MP-30 Syringe Pump - User manual

Please click here for the Evo IQ LVP Training Video Poster

CLICK HERE for the NIVAS Infusion Flushing Guidelines 2021
CLICK HERE for the NIVAS COVID19 Gravity Infusion & Bolus Admin Guidance

Welcome to NIVAS

Welcome to the website of NIVAS, the independent and multi-professional society specialising in vascular access and infusion therapies.

NIVAS is the first independent multi-professional society to be founded in the UK in this century. It is the new voice for all those involved in vascular access and infusion therapies. The society was founded in July 2009 in order to promote excellence in this specialised field of patient care. We believe that we can advance practice through communication, collaboration and education.

As infusion therapy and vascular access continues to evolve, there is a need, now more than ever, for a co-ordinated approach to practice amongst healthcare professionals across the UK. The formation of a society and an annual conference is vital to ensure success in the specialty and quality care for patients. NIVAS hopes to engage nurses, anaesthetists, radiologists, microbiologists, pharmacists and other health professionals involved in the insertion and management of vascular access and infusion therapy.

NIVAS recognises the important role that you as an individual can play in advancing this specialty and would encourage your involvement with the society.

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