NHS Employers launches employer guide to Nursing Associates

Danny Mortimer

A guide to Nursing Associates, a new regulated role which bridges the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses, is launched today by NHS Employers.

The 38-page guide provides advice and support for employers exploring this new role within their organisations. It covers both development and deployment, and contains shared learning examples.

The online guide is on NHS Employers’ website.

A pilot programme launched in 2017 has since seen thousands of trainee nursing associates learn the role.

From Monday 28 January, the newly-qualified nursing associates will be able to join the nursing associate register, held by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“The Nursing Associate role needs national support and leadership to succeed.

“Future workforce plans outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan include new roles, such as the Nursing Associate role, as part of our teams.

“The guide will help organisations think how to develop and deploy the role across the NHS and wider.”

Editor’s notes:

  • The nursing associate is a new, qualified and regulated nursing role in England that bridges the gap between care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associates will deliver hands-on, person-centred care for patients as part of nursing teams.
  • The role has been introduced to help build the nursing workforce capacity and support nurses and wider multi-disciplinary teams to focus on more complex clinical responsibilities.
  • Nursing associates are members of the nursing team who have gained a foundation degree. They are trained to work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. The role also provides a progression route into graduate-level nursing.
  • The nursing associate role will be regulated in England by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the body responsible for regulating the nursing and midwifery professions.

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