With a working title of nursing associate, the role is expected to work alongside care assistants and registered nurses to provide high-quality person-centred care across health and care settings.
Following broad endorsement of the role by a range of health bodies and organisations, HEE will now take forward proposals to introduce the role in England by spring 2017, with the assurance of a defined education and training framework to provide a career pathway with clear progression opportunities.
HEE is working in partnership with stakeholders to develop the role which starts with a series of events in July to:
- develop the scope of practice so that it is applicable across health and social care settings
- identify the knowledge, skills and competencies required for the role
- develop a national curriculum
- establish test sites across England in a range of health and social care settings
- support the test sites to recruit 1,000 students to start training in 2017
- apply and embed lessons learned to the nursing associate trailblazer apprenticeship standard
- evaluate the role with key partners.
Information about the dates, locations, and how to book onto the events will be available shortly on the HEE website.