Teesside Trust Pilot Innovative Nursing Associate Scheme in the North East

A Teesside health care provider has become one of the first in the region to complete an innovative training programme aimed at a new generation of nursing associates.

 North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust took part in a national pilot with Health Education England, which recruited a cohort of ten Trainee Nursing Associates in April 2017. All students enrolled onto the programme have now completed successfully attaining their qualification.

Trainee Nursing Associates are a new breed of health care worker which was borne from the 2015 Shape of Caring Review. The report identified a gap in skills and knowledge between a registered nurse and health care assistant.

Jean Angus, Head of Nursing Education and Placements explains more “The role of the Registered Nursing Associate works in support of the Registered Nurse, they are accountable for their own practice and are required to revalidate with the NMC every three years, the same as a Registered Nurse or Midwife. It is the intention of some of these Nursing Associates to continue their professional development to progress to be Registered Nurses in the near future”.

The ten proud graduates were awarded their certificates in a ceremony held at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton on August 7 2019. Julie Lane, Chief Nurse / Director of Patient Safety and Quality said “Our newly qualified Nursing Associates belong to the first cohort to qualify in the North East. Although the path has not always been an easy one, they have persevered. Students have had the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of placements from hospital to community and even prison environments.

This has enabled them all to gain a broad set of skills and knowledge crossing over a number of specialities. During the two-year programme they have been assessed academically by Teesside University and in practice during their clinical placements. We are equally proud and delighted today to present their awards and celebrate their journey to date”.

Adam Morgan, Trainee Nursing Associate graduating at the event said “We’re very proud of our achievement. It’s a really brilliant feeling to think that we’re the first, the ‘pioneers’ as Nursing Associates for our Trust, and it’s exciting to think we get to shape the role for the future”.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust boasts one of the lowest vacancy rates across England. Julie Lane sums up “it is our innovative ‘work arounds’ and dedication to innovation in our workforce development that ensures we continue to thrive as an employer of choice for the region”.


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