New nursing associate role consultation

Hospital staff

29 / 1 / 2016 7.13am

Health Education England has launched a consultation on a new support role for nursing. The proposed intermediate care role would sit between a care assistant with a Care Certificate and a registered nurse.

The consultation is seeking views on the scope and design of the role, with the aim to develop care workers with higher skill sets to assist, support and complement the care given by registered nurses. It is hoped the role will also create a career pathway that offers progression opportunities and gives job satisfaction to those who want to develop.

The consultation asks specific questions on areas including:

  • the most important issues that need to be addressed in deciding whether to establish the proposed role
  • the contribution to patient care that such a role would make across different care settings
  • the proposed principles of practice
  • the aspects of service the proposed role would cover
  • the knowledge the role would require
  • the title of the role
  • the regulation or oversight that would be required and which body should be responsible.

The proposed role was discussed in both the Cavendish Review and the Shape of Caring Review and it is envisaged it will support the capability to deliver high quality care to an increasingly diverse and ageing population. 

The consultation closes on Friday 11 March.  Further information, including the consultation document, can be found on the Health Education England website. During the consultation period NHS Employers will be seeking the views of employers on the training and deployment of the role.

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