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The nurse associate role carves out a niche for itself

Could the nursing associate role bridge the gap between registered nurses and healthcare assistants? 

Could the nursing associate role bridge the gap between registered nurses and healthcare assistants?

In January, the first qualified nursing associates will be joining the healthcare workforce as practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The Shape of Caring review published in 2015 and commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and the NMC, identified the need to bridge the gap between degree-qualified registered nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs). So the nursing associate role was conceived.

Across England there are currently 2,000 nursing associates in training. The original 11 pilot sites were quickly followed by others. These sites consist of partnerships across higher education institutions (HEIs) and clinical providers, in acute and community settings in NHS and independent sectors.

Could prove vital

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