A nursing associate's role is designed to help bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associate is a stand-alone role that will also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing.
Nursing associates work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. The role will contribute to the core work of nursing, freeing up registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical care. The programme prepares you to work alongside healthcare assistants and registered nurses to deliver and evaluate hands-on care. During the programme you will attend the University one day a week and experience practice in a variety of clinical settings, employed as a trainee Nursing Associate. On completition of the programme, you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Nursing Associate. Visit your local NHS Trust website for further information and to apply.
The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) have set out standards for nursing associates which can be viewed on the NMC website.
All places are offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced current (within three months) Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure and register with the update service. For more information please read the Nursing Associate DBS guidance (PDF , 391kb). You will also have to undertake an occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.
As an apprentice you do not pay course fees. An Apprentice is employed by an organisation which entitles them to earn as they learn. Please contact your employer for further details around apprenticeship routes for this programme.
If not undertaking this programme via the apprenticeship route, normal fees and funding applies, please contact us for further information.
Visit the web page for further information regarding recognition of prior learning.