On 24th April 2017 - in partnership with our Transforming Care Together (TCT) partners (Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust), and in collaboration with the Higher Education Institutions of Birmingham City University and University of Wolverhampton - 20 Trainee Nursing Associates from across the TCT partnership commenced their 2 year programme.
This landmark innovation has been commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) who has defined the Nursing Associate as ‘a highly trained support role to help registered nurses deliver effective, safe and responsive care’.
The new role also has the support of NHS England, Public Health England and NHS Improvement, who believe it will support Registered Nurses to deliver safe, responsive and effective quality care to service users and patients. The Nursing Associate will also play a key part of the multi-disciplinary workforce that is needed to respond to the future needs of the public and patients, and will serve as a scaffolding role to enable career progression across the care and nursing workforce, a key vision as part of HEE’s response to the Shape of Caring Review published in 2015.
Joyce Fletcher, Executive Director of Nursing, AHPs and Psychology (Interim) said: “We are very proud to have been chosen by Health Education England as one of only 35 pilot test sites nationally.
“Six of the Trainee Nursing Associates are from BCPFT and I am looking forward to watching them develop in their new role. I would like to offer my congratulations to them all and wish them well for their new journey ahead”.