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First Nursing Associates graduate

10 May 2019 15:23:06
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The first-ever cohort of the new Nursing Associates in South Yorkshire have begun working at the Trust after graduating from The University of Sheffield as part of the Barnsley and Rotherham partnership.

The five graduates were invited to celebrate the completion of their two-year work based learning programme at an event last week where they were presented with certificates of achievement and a commemorative pen by our Deputy Chief Nurse, Helen Dobson.

Training for the new role consisted of working three days a week on their hub ward where the registered Nursing Associates were to be employed, one day in a secondary placement and one day at university.

Helen said: “It’s been a delight to see our students develop their skills and confidence. This is a programme which provides a truly hands-on experience, with students working in local hospitals throughout their training.”

Sheffield is among the first universities to offer the foundation degree (FdSc Nursing Associate) as a Higher Apprenticeship.

The new role

The Nursing Associate is a new support role that has been developed to sit alongside existing registered nurses and nursing care support workers, in both health and social care. The role will provide a real benefit to the nursing and care workforce across the Trust and play a key role in the delivery of patient care, with safety at its heart.

Kath Malecki-Ketchell, Assistant Chief Nurse, said “Our Nursing Associates will help to address a skills gap between health care assistants and registered nurses. They will also bring more flexibility, capability and capacity to the NHS in order to meet healthcare needs of the future. It’s very much seen as a stepping stone to graduate level nursing for those that wish to further their career.”

The nationwide programme is overseen by Health Education England (HEE), which is delivered via both foundation degrees and apprenticeship schemes.