New nursing support role confirmed

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26 / 5 / 2016 3.57pm

Health Education England (HEE) has published its response to the recent consultation on creating a new support role for nursing: Building capacity to care and capability to treat - a new team member for health and social care.

With a working title of nursing associate, the role is expected to work alongside care assistants and registered nurses to provide high-quality person-centred care across health and care settings.

Following broad endorsement of the role by a range of health bodies and organisations, HEE will now take forward proposals to introduce the role in England by spring 2017, with the assurance of a defined education and training framework to provide a career pathway with clear progression opportunities. 

HEE is working in partnership with stakeholders to develop the role which starts with a series of events in July to:

  • develop the scope of practice so that it is applicable across health and social care settings 
  • identify the knowledge, skills and competencies required for the role
  • develop a national curriculum
  • establish test sites across England in a range of health and social care settings
  • support the test sites to recruit 1,000 students to start training in 2017 
  • apply and embed lessons learned to the nursing associate trailblazer apprenticeship standard
  • evaluate the role with key partners.
Download the full response 

Information about the dates, locations, and how to book onto the events will be available shortly on the
HEE website.

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