Health Education England (HEE) has published an evaluation report into the introduction of nursing associates.
The evaluation report covers the first two years of the nursing associate programme and includes a range of perspectives from trainees through to senior stakeholders, drawing on the information gathered from a range of surveys and in-depth enquiries.
The nursing associate role was introduced in England to bridge the gap between healthcare support workers and graduate registered nurses and is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The training programme is designed to expose trainees to multi-disciplinary working across a range of health and social care settings and can offer a career progression opportunity to care assistants, while also provide a progression route into graduate-level nursing.
The report, which includes a chapter on the impact of the programme, contains a number of recommendations that consider:
- whether the curriculum, activities and assessments can be streamlined
- the possibility of developing a part-time trainee nursing associate programme
- pre-application programmes to develop the academic competence required for the course
- a commitment to identify and embrace best practice
- working with the trainees to identify ways to improve the programme.
Upon qualification several employers have opted to deploy their nursing associates where their skillsets can make the most difference while others have selected settings that will help to further build their skills.
The evaluation report is available to download from the HEE website.
For more information about nursing associate, including how to embed the role in your organisation visit our employer guide to nursing associates.