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Trainee Nursing Associate numbers continue to grow as thousands more train to become Nursing Associates

Over 5,000 people were recruited as trainee nursing associates in 2018, building on the 2,000 recruited in 2017 Health Education England (HEE) has announced today.

The news means that HEE has met it target for recruitment to the new role that sits between nursing care support workers and fully qualified registered nurses to deliver hands on care for patients. Trainee Nursing Associates work in range of settings up and down the country from acute hospital settings to care homes.

Announcing the news Stephen Hammond, Minister of State for Health said: "HEE have been leading a national Nursing Associate expansion programme in 2018 to train up to 5,000 through the apprentice route. I am delighted to announce today that HEE have confirmed they achieved the target of 5,000 Nursing Associate apprentices in 2018. This is a fantastic achievement which is down to the hard work of HEE with the support of employers, Trades Unions, Professional bodies and the nursing associates themselves".

HEE can now look confidently to its next target of having an additional 7500 trainee nursing associates in place in 2020.
Key facts and figures:

  • More than 5,000 people were recruited as trainee nursing associates in 2018, bringing the total number recruited to over 7,000 since the role’s inception.
  • Trainee nursing associates ages range from 19 to 62, with the highest proportion coming from the 26-35 age bracket.
  • Most applicants have been internal applicants who have come from a Band 2 or Band 3 HCA role, while 4 percent of successful applicants were external recruits.
  • Most successful applicants had significant experience of working in a health or care setting, with 50 per cent indicating that they had six or more years’ experience. 36% of trainees have worked in a health and care setting for more than 8 years. 
  • More than seven out of ten trainee nursing associates applied to the programme to make progress in their careers and develop their skills and capabilities.
  • There are currently 65 nursing associate partnerships across the country. Each partnership site includes at least one employer and one education provider and is aligned with a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

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