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Developing the role of the Nursing Associate

Monday 5 March 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Developing the role of the Nursing Associate
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“Whatever your role, or wherever you work, I am sure you will recognise both the challenges and the exciting possibilities for the profession.” Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, director of nursing, Health Education England, 2017

“A further 5,000 nursing associates will be trained through the apprentice route in 2018, with an additional 7,500 being trained in 2019.” Department of Health October 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 

“Nursing associates play an important role in a multi-disciplinary workforce, meeting the needs of a changing population and the Five Year Forward View.” NHS England 

“The new role is expected to work alongside care assistants and registered nurses to deliver hands-on care, focusing on ensuring patients continue to get the compassionate care they deserve. Its introduction has the potential to transform the nursing and care workforce.” Health Education England

“The creation of the Nursing Associate is a landmark innovation for the nursing and care professions. The introduction of this new role has been welcomed by a broad spectrum of health and social care stakeholders, all of whom want a defined highly trained support role to help Registered Nurses deliver effective, safe and responsive care. The Nursing Associate will also play a key part of the multi-disciplinary workforce that is needed to respond to the future needs of the public and patients.” Health Education England

“The role has the potential to transform the nursing and care workforce.” Susan Kennedy, Educationalist and Project Manager, & Curricula Lead,  curriculum framework documentation for the new Nursing Associate role, Health Education England

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.  A limited number of free places will be offered to trainee nursing associates, and discounts are available for staff from the lead test sites. 

“Benefits to the NHS 

  • The Nursing Associate will be delivering a higher proportion of fundamental care nationally, at scale and pace. 
  • It will be a defined role with clear national education and training standards to ensure consistency and continuity in the quality of care, supporting Registered Nurses to deliver and manage caseload effectively and safely. 
  • The shift towards new and local care models has meant the delivery of NHS funded services will be devolved at the local level through Sustainability and Transformation Plans, making the delivery of care bespoke to local need. This is why a bridging role between a care assistant and a Registered Nurse has emerged as a crucial addition in the delivery of high quality and responsive fundamental care.
  • The role will support the shift in the balance of care of long term conditions into the community” 

Health Education England 2016

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