Are nursing associates a benefit to the learning disability sector?
Health Education England’s £2 million learning disability recruitment drive will include 150 places for the recently created role of nursing associate
- First cohort of qualified nursing associates started work earlier this year
- Role created to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and nurses
- Nurse academic says learning disability services can benefit from nursing associates, given ‘levels of shortages in the sector’
The announcement that Health Education England (HEE) is to invest £2 million in the learning disability workforce was heralded as a major boost for the sector.
But as well as being aimed at increasing nurse numbers, the package is also targeted at recruiting 150 learning disability nursing associates in England.
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