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Nursing Associates

“The Nursing Associate is a new support role in England that bridges the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver hands-on, person-centred care as part of the nursing team. Nursing associates work with people of all ages in a variety of settings in health and social care.” (HEE)

They can:

“With continued professional development, Nursing Associates will provide additional capacity within the nursing team. This might be in areas such as contributing to cervical cytology screening, meeting quality and outcomes framework targets and management of long-term conditions. Having additional capacity to meet patient need will be a welcome addition to the team. Supporting development of a Nursing Associate provides an opportunity to shape and mould an individual to fit into a developing team. Trainee Nursing Associate” Nursing-Associates-in-Primary-Care.pdf (

Nursing associates Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for employers.pdf (


  NMC -What is a nursing associate?   


  RCN - Becoming a nursing associate



Employer Guide to Nursing Associates

What is a nursing associate? | NHS Employers



HEE - Nursing Associates: Their role in General Practice



HEE - Overview on the NA Role - Nov 2021


Useful Links and Publications

Employer guide to apprenticeships (

BSW Training Hub - Nursing

CQC -  Briefing for providers: Nursing Associates

Dorset Primary Care Training Hub - Nursing Associate

HEE -  Nursing Associate Case Studies

NMC -  Standards of proficiency for nursing associates

RCN -  The Role of Nursing Associates in Vaccination and Immunisation

Specialist Pharmacy Service -  Nursing Associates, Physician Associates and the use of Patient Group Directions

You Tube -  Introducing the Nursing Associate

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