Today is a landmark day for us as we open a new part of our register to the first nursing associates. We’re really pleased to welcome this newly regulated profession into the nursing team in England.

Some of you may be working alongside trainee nursing associates already and will know that the role is designed to help bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associates will work as part of the wider health and care team, delivering safe care for people of all ages and in a variety of settings, from care homes and A&Es, to schools and GP surgeries. This role will contribute to the core work of nursing, freeing up registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical care.

The role is a great opportunity for people who already enjoy working in health and care, but who may not feel able to step away from work and into full time education. Nursing associates will also be able to progress to becoming a registered nurse.

Around 1,800 nursing associates are expected to qualify over the course of the next few months, having completed two years of higher education involving academic study and hands-on experience in practice.

Although nursing associates are regulated in England only, those with comparable qualifications awarded in other countries who wish to work as nursing associates in England can now apply to do so.

Just like all those on our register, nursing associates will uphold our Code, meaning patients can be confident that the people working with them will provide the same high standards of practice and behaviour.

We’re making sure that new nursing associates step in to their first job with the right knowledge and skills to provide treatment and care safely and effectively.

If you would like more information about this new role, visit our website.