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Developing the Role of the Nursing Associate

Monday 19 Oct 2020

Novotel Conference Centre, York

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Nursing Associates have now been on the NMC register for over a year; “Twelve months on, it’s clear the nursing associate role is helping to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses, as well as offering new career development opportunities to thousands of aspiring professionals.”


“Nursing associates have become a key part of healthcare teams who deliver much needed care to patients in health and social care setting across the country. It is great to see how far this new role has come in such a short space of time and the continued enthusiasm and commitment shown for it." "I am pleased to see that over 1500 NA’s are now part of the NMC register in the last year and look forward to seeing those numbers continue to grow.”

Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England 28 January 2020

This conference will update delegates on developing the role of the Nursing Associate – understanding the elements of this new 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, community and mental health. The conference will also discuss implementing the Guidance on Medicines Management and the Nursing Associate and the Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates.

“It’s great to see how far we’ve come in only a year of this new professional role joining our register…“I’m always encouraged by the enthusiasm and pride nursing associates show about their role – they have such an important part to play as we develop a modern, progressive nursing team to meet the increasing needs of people using health and social care services.”

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive, Nursing and Midwifery Council 28 January

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.

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
  • Reflect on national developments including NMC Regulation & Revalidation, the Guidance on Medicines Management and the Nursing Associate and the new October 2018 Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates
  • Ensure safety and develop effective governance and accountability
  • 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 acute care, community care and mental health
  • Understand how you can improve competence and compliance with national NMC standards
  • Identify key strategies for medicines management
  • Understand how non test sites can prepare for the adoption of the role
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence


Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience away from their workplace in an intimate environment 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, whether it be a sponsored session, or an exhibition stand, 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 face to face 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.

Getting to the Venue

Ideally located, the hotel is within a mile of York Minster and York railway station.In a redbrick building on the banks of the River Foss, this contemporary hotel is a 9-minute walk from the York Castle Museum and 1.5 miles from the National Railway Museum.
By Rail
0.5 miles to City centre 0.7 miles to York Station York Station - 22 min walk York Poppleton Station - 16 min drive
By Road
Take the A64 and then the A19 into York city centre.
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Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



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(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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