The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has released early working drafts of the skills annexe and standards of proficiency for the nursing associate role.
Nursing associates will be regulated by the NMC and the skills annexe lists the communication skills and nursing procedures that form part of the standards of proficiency which students must meet to apply for registration.
Introduced in 2017, the first nursing associates are currently in training across 35 test sites and will work alongside existing clinical support workers and registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. These early drafts of the standards and skills annexe, which may change in advance of the public consultation in the spring, have been shared with the pilot sites to help ensure their programmes are aligned as far as possible to the final standards before the first students qualify in 2019.
The NMC has created a timeline to mark the key development milestones and is currently working with stakeholders to develop the programme requirements for the nursing associate role, which will be formally consulted on in spring 2018.
The draft standards and draft annexe are available on the NMC website and you can read more about the nursing associate role on our webpage.