Trust leads the way in innovative new nursing associate role
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is leading as a pilot site for the brand new Nursing Associate role.
Nursing Associate training is a two year programme and 41 Nursing Associate trainees started at the Trust at the end of April 2017. 31 of the successful applicants for the role previously worked as healthcare assistants for the Trust. We also held a recruitment day, where external applicants were recruited.
We are working in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust along with Birmingham City University, who are our higher education provider for the Foundation Degree programme part of the Nursing Associate training.
The trainees are spread across many areas and specialities to test the role in different clinical settings and this process will influence the local and national development of the role.
The aim of the programme is to ensure that nursing associates can successfully support registered nurses in caring for patients.
The trainee will contribute to the clinical workforce for 60% of their time. They will have day release once a week into university and a day on placement which may be external to their ward and the Trust.