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The “real risk” that nursing associates are used as a cheap alternative to nurses has been underlined at a major health conference, where delegates called for any attempts by employers to substitute roles to be resisted.
Regulation of nursing associates by the Nursing and Midwifery Council will provide “a bit more comfort” to nurses when they delegate tasks, but the level to which they are professionally accountable will not change, a lawyer who specialises in fitness to practise cases has said.
The government must pay the £4m it would cost the Nursing and Midwifery Council to set up regulation of nursing associates, the body has revealed in a raft of conditions that would need to be met for it to agree to the Department of Health’s request to oversee the new role.
New powers could be created by the Department of Health to effectively “blacklist” healthcare support workers who could be a danger to patients, under latest moves to tackle the long-standing issue of a lack of regulation for this group of workers.
Regulation of nurses and other healthcare workers has only a “minimal” effect on their professional identity, with factors like education and uniform deemed more important, according to a report by the body that oversees the work of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The title of nursing associates should not be used for the new support worker role being introduced by the government in England next year, because it wrongly implies they will be nurses, a peer has warned.
The body tasked with assessing whether nursing associates should be regulated has said it cannot yet make a decision due to the role still being in development, but has recommended it should be registered as an interim measure.
An assessment of whether nursing associates should be regulated or not is being carried out by the body that oversees the work of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other professional regulators, following a request by government officials.
Nursing associates should be regulated but in a way that does not restrict the flexibility of the role, a leading think-tank has concluded as it publishes a report on upskilling the non-medical NHS workforce.
A mental health trust has been ordered to make urgent improvements to the safety of its services by the Care Quality Commission.