Welcome to our first cohort of Nursing Associates
Congratulations to the 20 support workers who have started their two year Foundation Degree to become Nursing Associates.
Thirteen trainees from East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) and seven from Kent Community Health Foundation Trust started on April 24th and will spend time working in their own clinical area, experience internal and external placements and attend the Broadstairs campus of Canterbury Christ Church University. EKHUFT is leading the East Kent Partnership who successfully bid to become a part of the second phase of this pilot funded by Health Education England.
The Nursing Associate role will complement other support worker roles and registered nurses to deliver hands on care for patients.
Jillienne Jones-Coe, Foundation Degree in Health and Care student, said:
"The Nursing Associate Programme is an accessible nursing pathway devised by Heath Education England and NHS partners, which underpins and addresses the issues raised in the Francis Report, pioneering the shape of evidence-based care for the future."
Shannon Goodfellow, another student on the Foundation Degree, added:
"I can't wait to see how I can improve my role towards better patient care."
Sarah Phillips, who is also a student on the first cohort, said:
"I never thought I was capable of achieving such an exciting opportunity when I am middle aged with two children. They are so proud of their mum."
Chloe Griggs, Programme Director, said:
"Canterbury Christ Church University are proud to be the education partner for the East Kent Consortia. This is an exciting opportunity and we are glad to be at the forefront of the future Nursing Associate workforce."
If you are interested in finding out more about the Foundation Degree please visit our course page or contact the Programme Director, firstname.lastname@example.org