Response to NMC's consultation on the regulation of nursing associates

02 / 07 / 2018

Read our response to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) consultation on the proposals for the regulation of the nursing associate role.
In this response we have summarised the key points highlighted by employers during our consultation activity. To inform this response we have discussed the consultation with our workforce supply reference group, which is made up of 24 workforce directors, and undertaken engagement activity with 85 employers through three consultation events. We have also discussed the proposals in this consultation with employers individually. 

In addition, we have raised awareness about the consultation through our communications channels and encouraged individual organisations to respond directly to the NMC.

Our response articulates a clear message from employers that the proposals in this consultation regarding the education and training of trainee nursing associates (TNAs), in particular the proposal that trainees will be supernumerary, will have a significantly negative impact on the service’s ability to make best use of this new role across the NHS. 

This response highlights:

  • the appetite of the service to make best use of this new role in a range of care settings, providing a supportive regulatory approach is taken
  • broad support for most of the proposals set out in the consultation
  • the significant concerns employers have shared regarding the proposed supernumerary status of TNA and the impact this will have on scale up of the role
  • an alternative proposal to supernumerary status, which would provide the TNA with high quality learning experiences.
For more detailed information on the regulation of the nursing associate, visit the NMC’s nursing associate web pages.

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