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City successful as pilot site for new Nursing Associate role

New role aims to bridge the gap between health and care support workers and graduate registered nurses

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

The School of Health Sciences at City, University of London has been chosen as one of 11 sites across England to deliver the first wave of training for the new Nursing Associates role.

Designed to sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses, this new role is intended to deliver hands-on care for patients and will help to transform the nursing and care workforce. The role aims to bridge the gap between health and care support workers, who have a care certificate, and graduate registered nurses and offers opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles.

City’s test site is led by Bart’s Health NHS Trust and also includes London South Bank University as an education partner. In addition, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, East London Foundation NHS Trust and North East London Foundation NHS Trust will act as employment partners in the scheme. Together, this well-established partnership will give trainee Nursing Associates a rounded experience, including mental health, community health and acute secondary care, with a focus on public health as well as illness.

The training for this pilot will start in December 2016 and will run over a two year period. Health Education England aims to train over 2,000 Nursing Associates in this time. The sites selected for this initiative will bring together a wide range of organisations including educational institutions, care homes, acute, community and mental health trusts and hospices.  

Janet Hunter, Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, will be leading the implementation of the new role at City.

Professor Debra Salmon, Deputy Dean of the School of Health Sciences, said:

"The School is delighted to have been selected as one of the test sites for the new Nursing Associate role. This project will widen the choices available for people entering the care and nursing workforce. We are pleased for City, University of London to have the opportunity to be the forefront of training for the next generation of health care professionals.”

Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, HEE, said:

“We are at a pivotal point in determining what the future nursing and care workforce needs to look like for now and in the years to come. I passionately believe that this new role will help build the capacity and capability of the health and social care workforce and allow high quality care to be delivered to a diverse and ageing population. Over the last few months we’ve seen widespread support for such a role – we will now move swiftly to make this role a reality and a success.”

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