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Nursing Associates


“The nursing associate is a new support role in England that bridges the gap between health care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associates deliver hands-on, person-centred care for patients and service users in a range of case settings. “ [1]

Nursing associates can undertake the administration of medicines as part of their role, following additional training, education and required governance structures. HEE has published advisory guidance - Answering your questions on the Nursing Associate role - setting out the expectations for nursing associates who administer medicines to patients.

They are trained to foundation level (2 years of study, equivalent to Level 5 in the England QAA educational framework) and can progress to graduate level nursing. The role has been developed to support the existing nursing workforce and wider multidisciplinary team. When qualified they can register with the NMC.

“You will undertake academic learning one day a week and work-based learning the rest of the week. You'll be employed in a specific healthcare setting such as an acute, community or mental health hospital, care home or hospice but also gain experience other health and care settings and situations. This will mean travelling to placements and working a mix of shifts.” [3]

Please refer to the NMC Guidance Standards of proficiency for nursing associates Annexe B on page 15 to view the procedures that NAs can undertake.


  NMC -What is a nursing associate?   


  RCN - Becoming a nursing associate



  HEE video promoting the role of nursing associate and its value in primary care


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Updated on 16 January 2020 837 views