Raising the Bar – Shape of Caring: A Review of the Future Education and Training of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants stated that the role of the support worker should be valued and care providers need to open up education and development to this large group of care deliverers, in order to raise quality of care and patient safety. The review went further to say that career pathways should be clear for support workers and the role of nursing associate emerged from this.
Nursing associate training involves undertaking a two-year programme, resulting in a foundation degree which when successfully completed allows registration on the appropriate part of the NMC register. It involves, for most weeks, one-day a week at university (but this may vary) and 675 external practice placement hours over the two-year programme. The placements are made up of a six-week and five-week block in year one, and repeated in year two (based on a full-time apprentice). The nursing associate programme is currently available to primary care Healthcare Assistants locally through the Open University and Solent University.
- Nursing Associates: Their role in General Practice
- Nursing Associates: A new support role in patient care
- Trainee nursing associates share aspirations for the role in new film
- FdSc Health and Social Care (Nursing Associate) Apprenticeship
Further learning and development opportunities
To find out about further learning and development opportunities available to Nursing Associates, please visit the Learning and Development page.
Wellbeing and support
To find out about wellbeing and support provided within Wessex, please visit the Wellbeing and Support page.