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Are nursing associates a benefit to the learning disability sector?

Health Education England’s £2 million recruitment drive will include 150 places for the recently created role
Abbie Rix (left), nursing associate trainee at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, with patient experience group member Kevin Preen Picture: Barney Newman

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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