Nursing associates: how employers can make the most of the new role

Workforce decisions need to be made about how nursing associates fit into the wider healthcare team

Workforce decisions need to be made about how nursing associates fit into the wider healthcare team

After two years of training, the first-ever nursing associates have now qualified from their programmes and joined their own section of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

‘I have been waiting for 17 years for a role like this to come along,’ says Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust director of nursing and therapies Avril Devaney.

‘From the start, we have seen this as an opportunity to add to our skill mix,’ she says, explaining why her trust was keen to be one of the first 11


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