A new online resource has been launched today by Nursing Times and Health Education England to keep the profession up to date with all the key developments on the new nursing associate role.
Our comprehensive new microsite, linking directly from the main Nursing Times website, sets out where this new role come from, how will it fit into the existing workforce and what happens next. It forms a one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to know more about nursing associates.
Resources available includes information on where the new role is being piloted across the country, along with a timeline of key dates and announcements in its development history, and much more. Look out for more updates in future.
Last year, HEE and Nursing Times hosted a series of engagement events, including with nursing team leaders and directors of nursing, to inform the development of the role, which is intended to act a “bridge” between healthcare assistants and registered nurses.
The microsite contains comprehensive write-ups of both these events, which is being published for the first time.
There is also an introduction from Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, director of nursing at HEE, who has been leading the early development work on nursing associates.
“This exciting new role offers career opportunities for our healthcare assistant colleagues, focuses on providing person-centred care and enables our registered nurses to lead care teams and support more complex care,” she said.
“As the trainee roles are being tested in a variety of health and care settings, nursing associates will have wider opportunities and more flexibility to move between acute, social and community and primary care,” she added.
Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton said: “With so much speculation, misinformation and questions about this role out there, we decided to put together a series of round tables and workshops so we could find out from the workforce – and those leading them – what they actually felt about the nursing associate position.
“On this site, you will find reports on the roundtable events involving team leaders, chief nurses and deputy directors, videos with quotes from participants at all three events and some key statistics,” she said. “We hope we’ve provided some insight into how some of the profession is feeling and that you enjoy finding out more about the nursing associate role.
“In the coming months as the pilot continues, there is likely to be more attention paid to this role so keep coming back to this site for all the latest updates and news,” she added.