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Workforce: Nursing associate role will thrive

The new position is coolly regarded by some, but workforce demands mean its success is likely

The new position is coolly regarded by some, but workforce demands mean its success is likely

‘Like it or not, nursing associates are here, so let’s give them a chance’. This somewhat grudging headline appeared last month in a nursing journal – not, I should add, in Nursing Standard.

This less-than-fulsome welcome for nursing associates speaks to what is, at best, an equivocal stance on the new role among some in the profession.

With two years’ training, and regulation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the new role will sit at band 4 in the NHS.

Stuttering start

Despite a stuttering start – which employers blamed on the need to meet ‘backfill’ costs as recruits left the workplace for training two days a week – the target for 5,000 nursing associates to be in training in England

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