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Lisa Bayliss Pratt: Trainee nursing associates an exciting addition to the workforce

The introduction of the nursing associate role was not without controversy, but one year on from the start of training they are proving to be key members of the health and social care workforce, says Health Education England chief nurse Lisa Bayliss Pratt

The introduction of the nursing associate role was not without controversy, but one year on from the start of training they are proving to be key members of the health and social care workforce, says Health Education England chief nurse Lisa Bayliss Pratt

Just over a year ago, the first cohort of trainee nursing associates started on their training journey. With more than 8,000 people applying for just 2,000 places there was a huge appetite for the role, and early indications showing that 95% of current trainees are expected to stay on in training is good news for patients and service users.

It was a memorable year for the trainees, with an event we hosted in London at the end of 2017 putting this into sharp focus. Attended by trainee

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