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Nursing Associate Graduation

Nursing Associate role

Our exciting new Nurse Associate role bridges the gap between health care support workers and registered nurses. They are trained to work with people of all ages in a range of settings and will enable registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical duties. It is envisaged that the role will create better educated and skilled support staff. 

We are one of only a handful of trusts in England able to work with Health Education England to launch this new role, which will transform the nursing and care service. If you are currently working as a care worker and would like to progress but are unable to go to university, this is the ideal chance to move your career on.

Our first cohort of Trainee Nursing Associates (TNAs) have passed their training course and graduated from the University of Chester in March 2019. They are all now working in various areas across the organisation as a qualified Nursing Associate and are already making a really positive impact on the wider nursing family by taking on a variety of hands-on roles, ensuring patients receive compassionate, person-centred care. In addition, the hard work that they as individuals - and the wider partnership with the University - have achieved is also being recognised nationally with three short-listed entries in 2019's Nursing Times Awards. The collaborative partnership development to support the Nursing Associate foundation degree course locally was recognised at the 2018 Educate North Awards, when the partnership was short-listed for the Employer Engagement Award.

To read the story of one of our Nursing Associates, Richard, visit his page to the left hand side.



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