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First Nursing Associates celebrate successful foundation degree completion

Jan 11, 2019

A trainee Nursing Associate practises in our simulation suite
A trainee Nursing Associate practises in our simulation suite

THE FIRST-EVER cohort of new Nursing Associates (NAs) will sign up to the Nursing & Midwifery Council register on 28 January, after completing their studies at the University of Salford.

51 trainee Nursing Associates who will officially graduate in July celebrated the completion of the two-year training programme at an event attended by Jean Hayles, Deputy Lead Nurse for the North of England (Health Education England) and Natasha Dare from the NMC as well as senior staff from the three local Hospital Trusts where the Nursing Associates will be working..

Salford is among the first training Universities to offer the foundation degree – FdSc Nursing Associate - as a Higher Apprenticeship.

Hear what our graduates had to say about the course in this short video. 

The Nursing Associate is a new support role that will sit alongside existing healthcare support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on, tailored care for people of all ages.

Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of Health & Society said: “Nursing Associates will address a skills gap between health care assistants and registered nurses, whilst also ensuring the NHS has more flexibility, capacity and capability to meet future healthcare needs.  We see it too as a stepping stone to graduate level nursing."

Health Education England (HEE) oversees the nationwide pilot programme, which is delivered via both foundation degrees and apprenticeship schemes.  

Dr Janine Archer, programme leader, said: “It has been exciting to see our students develop their skills and confidence. 

“Our programme is truly hands-on, with students working in local hospitals throughout their training. And they enjoyed a significant element of simulation training to enhance their clinical skills, using our world-class facilities.  

“I am delighted to say that all our first Nursing Associates have successfully secured jobs in Foundation Trusts across Greater Manchester."  

The Government has planned 2,000 training places for NAs in the pilot with 7,500 starting in 2019.