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Workforce: UK is looking less united in terms of nursing policy

The fact that the new nursing associate role is only being considered in England adds to the divergence of nursing policy across the four countries of the UK, says workforce expert James Buchan.

The fact that the new nursing associate role is only being considered in England adds to the divergence of nursing policy across the four countries of the UK, says workforce expert James Buchan

Are nursing associates a good idea or not? The UK-wide Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published draft standards for this new role, but acknowledged that it is only being considered in England.

The NMC standards of proficiency for nursing associates say: ‘At the current time, there are no plans for a regulated role at this level in the devolved administrations of the UK’.

The other three UK countries have, so far at least,

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