The Department of Health Sciences, in partnership with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (North Yorkshire, York and East Coast Partnership), is introducing a pilot programme for the new Nursing Associate role commencing from April 2017 - April 2019.
This is part of a national pilot programme to evaulate the Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework devised by Health Education England (HEE). This is a two year, full-time, work-based programme with the award of Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care: Nursing Associate. Future provision will be based on the results of the national pilot programme. Read on to find out more about the role and the programme.
The Nursing Associate role
On completition of their programme these students will be able to apply for Band 4 Nursing Associate roles.
Why introduce a new role?
How has the new role been developed?
This role has arisen from 'Raising the Bar; Shape of Caring Review' (Willis 2015) and 'Five Year Forward View' (NHS England 2014). It has also been influenced by the Cavendish Review (Cavendish 2013). It was approved by Health Education England (HEE) Executive in December 2015.
In June 2016, HEE asked for partnership applications comprising of service providers and Higher Education Institutions to become two year pilot sites to implement the Nursing Associate Curriculum framework. The final version of the national curriculum document was published in November 2016. https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Nursing%20Associate%20Curriculum%20Framework%20Feb2017_0.pdf.
The first pilot sites (partnerships) were notified in October 2016, to start January 2017. In November 2016, the Department of Health Sciences and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust received confirmation of their application to start in April 2017. This partnership is now known as the North Yorkshire, York and East Coast Partnership.
What will the trainee Nursing Associate students learn?
Students' learning covers eight areas in theory and practice:
In practice they must gain experience:
Will the role be regulated?
Yes. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) announced in February 2017 that Nursing Associates will be registered with the NMC. This is in response to a request from the Department of Health. The NMC are currently developing the standards for future programmes. Regulation will not commence until 2019 when the first Nursing Associates complete the pilot programmes https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/nursing-associates.