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HEE: Nursing Associates Programme

What is it?

The Nursing Associate role is a new support role that will sit alongside existing healthcare support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients.  They will be a part of a team built around patient's needs and will provide an exciting opportunity for those who want to progress their careers in the field of health and care.

The new role also has clear benefits for registered nurses, providing additional support and releasing time to provide the assessment and care they are trained to do, as well as undertake more advanced tasks

The Nursing Associate role will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council who have published draft standrads of proficiency on their website.

As part of the current national pilot, Greater Manchester has one of the largest test sites, with 250 trainees starting a Foundation Degree in January 2017.  There are plans for further expansion with 444 additional trainees to start in 2018.      

Why do it?

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2018 course fees to be drawn down via the apprenticeship levy. HEE funding of £3,200 per trainee per programme to support employers

How to take forward:

Greater Manchester Partnership, Lead Employer




Last Updated: May 2019