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Nursing associates: a return to state enrolled nurses?

Plan for unregulated support role seen as a way to obtain ‘nursing skills on the cheap’, reports Clare Lomas
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Plan for unregulated support role seen as a way to obtain ‘nursing skills on the cheap’, reports Clare Lomas

At the end of last year, the government announced it would introduce a new nursing support role to help bridge the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses.

The new nursing associate role, expected to be an unregulated band 4 position, will require two years of on-the-job training that will lead to a foundation degree. With an additional two years of study, this can then be converted into a full nursing degree, thereby creating a new route into the profession.

The Department of Health is working with Health Education England (HEE) to create the role and, subject to consultation, the scheme will be trialled at 30 trusts across England this year, with 1,000 nursing associates being trained by the start

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