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Developing the Role of the Nursing Associate

Friday 10 Dec 2021


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This conference will update delegates on developing the role of the Nursing Associate – understanding the elements of the role, and how the role is being delivered in practice. Through national updates, case studies from the Nursing Associate test sites, and perspectives from Nursing Associates the conference will look at the developing role, regulation of the role, accountability, support and practice development, competence and how you can prepare for the introduction of the role in your service.

Case studies will look at experiences in acute trusts, primary care and mental health. The conference will also discuss implementing the Guidance on Medicines Management and the Nursing Associate and the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Nurse Associates. The conference will also help delegates to support Nursing Associates following the recent independent evaluation of the role which found some trainees reported that their colleagues had struggled to provide them with learning support at times due to workforce challenges and limited understanding of the role.

“The nursing associate is a new generic nursing role in England that bridges the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses, to deliver hands-on, person-centred care as part of a multidisciplinary team in a range of different settings.. The role has been introduced to help build the capacity of the nursing workforce and the delivery of high-quality care while supporting nurses and wider multidisciplinary teams to focus on more complex clinical duties… Nursing associates are subject to regulatory requirements such as revalidation and tness to practise”

NHS Employers 2020

“We’re celebrating two years of nursing associates as they continue to improve people’s health and wellbeing England. There where more than 2,700 nursing associates on our register at the time of our latest data report in September last year.”

NMC 2021

Nursing associates may develop additional competences, and health and care providers may have local policies and governance allowing suitably trained staff to undertake additional procedures…Like with nurses and other healthcare professionals, nursing associates can expand their knowledge and skills with the right training and governance. The intention is for nursing associates to support, not replace, registered nurses”

NMC July 2021

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are implementing and developing the Nursing Associate role
  • Learn from outstanding practice in training and supporting Nursing Associates
  • Understand how the role has changed during Covid-19
  • Explore additional competencies and how local policies and governance can support NAs to undertake additional procedures
  • Reflect on national developments including NMC Regulation & Revalidation, the Guidance on Medicines Management and the Nursing Associate and the Standards of Proficiency for Nurse Associates
  • Ensure safety and develop effective governance and accountability
  • Learn from a case study who have supported nursing associates to undertake Drug and IV Administration
  • Improve the way Nursing Associates are introduced and supported
  • Learn from the lived experience of Registered Nursing Associates including the Joint Lead Nursing Associate Ambassador at NHS England/  Health Education England
  • Learn from case studies in emergency care and mental health
  • Understand how you can improve competence and compliance with national NMC standards
  • Identify key strategies for medicines management
  • Understand how to support nursing associates in your service
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Speakers Include:

Gary Kirwan

National Officer and Team Leader
The Royal College of Nursing

Dr Deborah Robertson

School of Health & Society
University of Salford

Fiona Holley

Head of Education (Nursing, Midwifery and AHPs)
Ashford & St Peters NHS Foundation Trust

Wendy Fowler

Nursing Education Adviser
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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