Healthcare Assistants to start Nursing Associate course

We are proud to share that 17 of our Healthcare Assistants will be starting the trainee Nursing Associate course at the end of September through our Institutional Partnership with the University of Northampton.

The Nursing Associate role is a key part of national plans to create a strong, sustainable nursing workforce for the future. Nursing Associates work alongside existing health care support workers and registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients.

Over the two-year course, which follows an apprenticeship framework, students are tested on a range of physical healthcare key skills and competencies and develop a range of transferable generic skills, attitudes and capabilities that will promote life-long learning.

The trainees are required to undertake 18 weeks of external placement to ensure they are exposed to a wide range of care settings. Successful completion of the programme allows students to register their award with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and be known as Nursing Associate.

Ged Rogers, Clinical Education Manager, explained: “We are really excited to be developing our Healthcare Assistants by helping them to progress in their chosen profession. The Nursing Associate role offers significant support to nursing staff, and encompasses mental health, learning disability and adult nursing.

“At St Andrew’s we’re proud to provide outstanding levels of support to our existing nursing workforce and we’re looking forward to extending that to our new Nursing Associates.”

St Andrew’s will provide the Nursing Associates with on-the-job learning through a combination of placements, taught education, and time in practice.

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