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City welcomes new Nursing Associates

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 has welcomed the first cohort of Nursing Associates, with 32 students starting at City, University of London on Monday.

While the City test site is led by Barts Health NHS Trust, the students will work across several trusts including Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East London Foundation NHS Trust and along with Barts.

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 new nursing associate role is designed to sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses. Nursing Associates will 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.

The training for this pilot will run over a two year period and Health Education England aims to train over 2,000 Nursing Associates in this time.

Janet Hunter, Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences who is leading the implementation of the new role at City, said:

"The School of Health Sciences is delighted to welcome the new Nursing Associate students to City. This project will widen the choices available for people entering the care and nursing workforce and we are pleased for City to have the opportunity to be the forefront of training for the next generation of health care professionals.”

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