New nursing associate role announced

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Ben Gummer, health minister has announced a plan to create a new nursing support role to work alongside healthcare support workers and fully qualified nurses.

With the provisional title of 'nursing associate' this new role is part of a wider plan to diversify and expand the NHS workforce and will enable nurses to spend more time on clinical duties and take more of a lead in decisions about patient care.

Next steps

A consultation on the scope of the role, including the title, will begin in the New Year. While it will be up to individual NHS employers to decide how many they need it is anticipated that up to 1,000 nursing associates could be trained from 2016. 

Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers said: "We know that many trusts have already developed innovative associate practitioner roles and their experience will be a valuable resource as this new initiative is considered. It’s important however not to pre-empt any decisions about these roles until the consultation has taken place. We will seek the views of employers during the months to come on the training and deployment of the proposed role.”

Read the announcement in full.

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