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Developing the role of the Nursing Associate

Monday 24 September 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Developing the role of the Nursing Associate
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“Nursing Associates will become an essential part of the care and nursing workforce” Health Education England 2018

"A Nursing Associate is not a registered nurse and will not replace them, but they will instead have the training and skills to bridge the gap between what a health care assistant can do and what a registered nurse is now needed to do” Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England

“The first nursing associate programmes started in January 2017, and we expect the first nursing associates to qualify in early 2019. The student nursing associates on the pilot programmes are training according to a framework developed by HEE, which was informed by a public consultation on the role. They will need to meet the NMC’s nursing associate standards of proficiency to qualify as nursing associates and apply to join the register. The Government has determined that statutory regulation of the nursing associate profession is required to protect the public. In January 2017, our Council agreed to the Department of Health and Social Care’s request to regulate nursing associates in England.” NMC April 2018

“The Committee welcomed the introduction of the new role of Nursing Associate and the expansion of career opportunities this brings for Health Care Assistants. The government needs to ensure that these new Nursing Associates have a clear professional identity, which the public understands and recognises.” The Health Committee

This conference will update delegates on the Nursing Associate role –understanding the elements of this new role, and how the role will be delivered in practice. Through national updates, case studies from the Nursing Associate test sites, and perspectives from Nursing Associate Trainees the conference will look at the developing role, the Nursing Associate Curriculum, regulation of the role, accountability, competence and how you can prepare for the introduction of the role in practice. Free places for trainee nursing associates have now all gone, however a reduced rate of £100 +vat is available along with discounts for staff from the lead test sites emali kerry@hc-uk.org.uk.

The conference will update delegates on the implementing the 2018 Guidance on Medicines Management and the Nursing Associate. A presentation from Sam Donohue, Senior Nurse Manager: Policy, Health Education England will advise delegates on expectations for nursing associates who administer medicines to patients and ensuring adequate levels of supervision are in place.

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