The first crop of a new generation of nursing staff has been welcomed onto wards at Nottingham hospitals.
The new cohort of Trainee Nursing Associates at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust will support fully-qualified registered nurses whilst also developing their own practical skills
NUH is one of 11 test sites in England to pilot the Trainee Nursing Associate role, which will complement the care provided by the hospital’s fully-qualified registered nurses and care support workers. The new recruits will deliver hands on care to patients as members of the nursing team whilst undergoing a two year programme of study.
The trainees will attend the University of Derby one day a week and will spend the remainder of their time working in clinical practice as a member of the nursing team.
Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH and regional lead for the Trainee Nursing Associate program, said: “This is an exciting development within nursing and we’re pleased to be one of the 11 sites in the country to be selected to test this role. It provides our healthcare assistants with a unique opportunity to progress further into nursing and adds to the overall care that we are able to provide to our patients.”
The new recruits will help to plan, coordinate and deliver care in different settings helping to bridge the gap between health care assistants (HCAs) and registered nurses. The role is not a substitute for a registered nurse, but will support the existing teams providing care in hospitals and in the community.
After completing the two year foundation degree programme the trainees will become a registered nursing associate and will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Kelly Hall, a new Trainee Nursing Associate at NUH, said: “I am so excited to have started as a Trainee Nursing Associate. Going to University has been something I have dreamed of but never thought I would do. At the end of the course I will have a qualification, a foundation degree, as well as lots of new knowledge that I can put into practice in the clinical area. I will also have gained in confidence, enabling me to gain new knowledge and skills throughout my career.
“In the future I hope to carry on my training to become a Registered Nurse and this programme has opened so many doors for me that will make that possible.”
Over 200 Trainee Nursing Associates have been placed in acute and community care settings in the East Midlands. Other providers in Nottinghamshire include Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham City Care, Social Care and Primary Care.
NUH is hosting a Nursing and Midwifery Recruitment and Careers Day on 24 February at Nottingham Forest Football Club. Registered nurses and students studying a nursing degree can find out about NUH and the opportunities that are available at the region’s major acute teaching hospitals trust. For more information visit http://teamnuh.co.uk/join-our-team/