Nursing Associate

What is a Nursing Associate

Nursing Associates are highly trained support role designed to deliver effective, safe and responsible nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Nursing Associates will work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan. Nursing Associates will have a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skills set to serve the local health population, in a range of settings covering pre-life to end of life.

Working within the sphere of nursing, the Nursing Associate delivers high quality patient-centred care across health and social care settings. The Nursing Associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account if the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or career providing holistic and patient-centred care to individuals, supporting registered nurses in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

Nursing Associate training

The nursing associate role programme is for Nursing Assistants/Healthcare support workers/Clinical support workers who are looking for new challenges and to further develop their career within a health or social care environment.

If you are new to care there are a number of ways to get experience which will help you to consider whether the Nursing associate role is the right career for you. Have you considered applying to the ‘bank’ in your chosen health and/or social care setting? You can gain great experience across a variety of settings.

On successful completion of the programme, apprentices will achieve a Foundation Degree Level 5 qualification and will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) as a nursing associate.

The training is typically 24 months in length.

NMC regulation

Nursing associates are subject to statutory regulation by the NMC. The NMC sets the standards of proficiency required for entry to the professional register and these are in effect the occupational standards for nursing associates. The NMC also has the statutory duty to set requirements of programmes necessary to support the achievement of the occupational standard.