NHS Improvement are consulting on 'An improvement resource for the deployment of nursing associates in secondary care'
The Nursing Associate role is a new one in England. It has been designed to bridge the skills gap between a Healthcare Support Worker and a Registered Nurse.
This draft resource has been written to advise Trusts and other provider organisations on how to safely deploy the Nursing Associate into the healthcare workforce.
“The current challenges faced by the NHS provider sector ‒ increasing demand for services, an ageing population, financial constraints and workforce supply and retention issues across many healthcare professions and disciplines ‒are likely to remain for the foreseeable future…The nursing associate (NA) role is designed to bridge the skills gap between the health care support worker and more senior registered professional and provide a new route into the registered nurse (RN) pathway. The more senior registered professional will continue to be the primary assessors and prescribers of care while NAs deliver and adapt care, contributing to assessment within agreed parameters …There are considerable opportunities and benefits in deploying the Nursing Associate. Some of the opportunities and benefits will come unexpectedly others will be intentional and planned.”
Source: NHS Improvment 1st November 2018
Also of Interest
Developing the role of the Nursing Associate: Fourth National Conference
Monday 28 January
De Vere West One Conference Centre
8 November 2018