This week we are marking International Nurses Day (12 May), here is just one of the ways we are transforming our nursing and care workforce for the benefit of our patients.
Seven TRFT health care assistants have begun the Trainee Nurse Associate course at the University of Sheffield, in partnership with our Trust, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Barnsley GP Federation and Villa Care, Leeds.
The two-year foundation degree will train a brand new group of 24 Nurse Associates who will play a crucial role of filling a gap in skills between current health care assistants and registered nurses.
The degree will include a mixture of ward and community based learning across the five organisations in the partnership, academic study at the University of Sheffield and support from clinical tutors at each of the organisations involved.
Natalie Critchlow, one of the Nurse Associate trainees, said: “The course is a great way to further my career and better myself. It’s coming together to become quite an exciting role and we’re learning lots by working together with the other trainees from across the partnership who bring different opinions, expertise and skills.”
Once they have completed their course, the Nurse Associates will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and will work alongside both healthcare assistants and qualified nurses to deliver high quality patient care.
Ellie Monkhouse, Acting Chief Nurse at the Trust , said: “I’m really proud of our Trust for being part of this scheme. It’s really important that we embrace our colleagues’ willingness to learn new skills and I am certain that this new nursing role will bring great benefits for our patients.
“We’re really excited have trainee nurse associates at our Trust and I know that all our colleagues will look out for them and support them along their journey and whilst they undertake placements across a number of specialities. I would like to wish all the trainees the very best of luck.”
Keep an eye out for our Trainee Nurse Associates in the Trust. Their distinctive uniform, seen in the photo above, sets them apart from other colleagues and makes them recognisable whilst they undertake placements across the Trust and with partner organisations.
The first Nurse Associates will finish their studies and qualify 2019, after which they will be able to work in local health and social care organisations.