Staff spotlight: Matt Hinton

Continuing our Staff Spotlight series Matt Hinton, Healthcare Assistant, shares an insight into his role with The Hospice Charity Partnership.

Matt Hinton has worked as a Healthcare Assistant at The Hospice Charity Partnership for almost 10 years. We spoke to him about his clinical role as one of the hospice’s frontline healthcare staff and what he enjoys most about his role.

Hi Matt! Can you tell us a bit more about your role on IPU at our Erdington site?

I work with a team of Health Care Assistants on the Inpatient Unit. The majority of my role is direct patient contact, this varies from helping patients mobilise or providing drinks to patients who are more self-caring, to full care and assistance with eating and drinking. I am also involved with infection control on the ward and help with regular audits.

Continuing our Staff Spotlight series Matt Hinton, Healthcare Assistant, shares an insight into his role with The Hospice Charity Partnership.

Matt Hinton has worked as a Healthcare Assistant at The Hospice Charity Partnership for almost 10 years. We spoke to him about his clinical role as one of the hospice’s frontline healthcare staff and what he enjoys most about his role.

Matt at John Taylor Hospice

What infection control tasks are you involved in?

As well as the everyday tasks such as cleaning equipment and the environment we are working in, I’m also involved with the infection control audits on IPU. This means that generally once a month I will have to go around the ward, question people on things such as hand hygiene and infection. As part of that we have to check that infection procedures are being followed by people and IPU is maintained properly, this can vary from washing their hands properly, cleaning equipment, disposing of items used for care correctly and that on the ward we have easy access to items such as hand gel. 

Why are Healthcare Assistants so important in a healthcare setting?

Healthcare Assistants help provide day-to-day personal care and support to patients, we are some of the hospice’s front line healthcare staff.

We assist with food and drinks, go out on patient escort and assist nurses with jobs such as second checking controlled drugs.  

Have you been a Healthcare Assistant throughout the 10 years you have worked in healthcare?

No, I initially joined the company as an Admin Apprentice, I then spent two years working in-between finance and reception, and then 18 months working in the Day Hospice, before finally settling in the Inpatient Unit.

What are some of your day-to-day tasks and what do you enjoy most about your role?

Making drinks, handing out meals and providing personal and social care.

I enjoy being able to provide front line care and spend most of my day with patients -sometimes patients just need five minutes to get things of their chest or talk about things they find too hard to talk about with their family.

Matt Hinton, part of our clinical team

What are your goals for 2022?

Attending siege painting masterclass.

Siege painting masterclass sounds exciting! Tell us more – is this a creative hobby you enjoy doing outside of work?

It is a comprehensive 3-day long course with a group of professional commission painters, where they help teach people who want to develop their painting skills further and possibly do commission work themselves. Any skill level can attend and they will teach things like priming and base coating models properly to more advanced techniques like wet blending, using an airbrush and simulating battle damage on the models. It was originally a hobby I got into around 2003 as a child, but picked it back up with the beginning of lockdown.

As a final ask to everybody, if anybody has any drinks bottles that have a cork would they be willing to bring them in for me? They make a great handle for painting my minis and busts!

Thanks for chatting with us Matt! If you have any stories or news that you would like to share in our staff newsletter, The Buzz, please contact Communications and Marketing Officers Harriet Evans harriet.evans15@nhs.net and Charlotte Bentley charlotte.bentley6@nhs.net

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