Employer guide to nursing associates

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Our guide to nursing associates, a new regulated role which bridges the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses is now live.

With the first cohort of qualified nursing associates set to join the registered workforce, our interactive guide for employers has been produced to provide advice and support for those exploring the potential of this new role within their organisations.

Nursing associates can help build the capacity of the nursing workforce to deliver hands-on patient care to people of all ages, in a variety of health and social care settings.

Whether looking to develop, or deploy nursing associates, the guide contains a range of information including:

  • What nursing associates can do.
  • Things to consider when introducing the role.
  • Establishing a training programme.
  • Deployment and employment.

The guide contains examples of good practice which we will continue to add to, and share further learning, as the role becomes embedded. 

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.”

Read the Employer guide to nursing associates.

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