Applications invited to test nursing associate role

 Health care employers and education providers are invited to put forward partnership applications to be test sites for the introduction a new role for health and social care – the nursing associate.

This innovative and high profile two-year programme is a key component of the government and Health Education England’s commitment to build capacity to care and capability to treat within the health and care workforce. The nursing associate role will be challenging, rewarding and valuable and will provide a route into the registered nurse degree as part of the over-arching nursing career framework.
Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, HEE Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality said: ‘As our recent consultation demonstrated, there is a huge appetite for this new role which will play a key part in the delivery of patient care with safety at its heart. It is also a central plank of HEE's Nursing and Care strategy in light of the Shape of Caring review published on 12 March 2015.’
HEE will use grant funding to support the selected test sites.
HEE will also be holding two webinars (13 July and 25 July) providing information on HEE recruitment process of test site partnerships.

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