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Nursing Associate Roles

Raising the Bar - Shape of Caring: A Review of the Future Education and Training of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants stated that the role of the support worker should be valued and care providers need to open up education and development to this large group of care deliverers, in order to raise quality of care and patient safety. The review went further to say that career pathways should be clear for support workers and the role of nursing associate emerged from this.

Nursing associate training involves undertaking a 2 year programme, resulting in a foundation degree which when successfully completed allows registration on the appropriate part of the NMC register. It involves, for most weeks, one day a week at university(but this may vary) and 675 external practice placement hours over the 2 year programme. The placements are made up of a 6 week and 5 week block  in year one and repeated in year two (based on a full time apprentice). The nursing associate programme is currently available to primary care HCAs locally through the Open University and Solent University.


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