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