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Update from the Nursing Associate Pilot Sites

On 11 January 2018, The Nursing Times reported that "Pilot sites reveal wide variety of approaches to nursing associate training.........The first nursing associates are being trained in a myriad of different ways and across varying scopes of practice, an investigation by Nursing Times into the controversial new role reveals."

The article continues: "In our first comprehensive check on progress so far with the development of nursing associates, we spoke to those involved with piloting the new role – including trainees, educators and employers.
As well as training approaches, the investigation looked at how employers intended to use the role and how it is being received by registrants – having proved a divisive subject for the profession since it was announced in December 2015.

We found programmes were being delivered through a variety of ways across England, with some trainees focussing on fundamental theories behind nursing, while others were also being taught more advanced skills at the same level as student nurses, including use of controlled drugs.

Regulatory standards for the new role are not expected to be finalised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council until the autumn so universities and employers have shaped training according to a previously published curriculum and what their local workforce requires"  Continue reading here 

Our Developing the role of the Nursing Associate conference will share different experiences and include national updates to help you take the nursing associate role forward in your Trust.


Developing the role of the Nursing Associate
Monday 5 March, London

15 January 2018


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