University selected to deliver Nursing Associate training

12 December 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University has been announced as one of Health Education England’s official educational providers to deliver training for the new Nursing Associate role.

The University will provide the education programme as part of a partnership led by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation, along with Kent Community Health Foundation Trust, Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It will support the new role which aims to bridge the gap between health and care support workers and graduate registered nurses and will also offer opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles.   

Over the past 6 years the University has been delivering a programme that has supported Associate Practitioners across the local Trust through the delivery of the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.

Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the health and social care providers across Kent and Medway to continue to create a workforce which is fit for the future.

“This latest announcement identifies that there will be a Nursing Associate development within East Kent in 2017, and builds on our innovative work between the University and the East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust during the past 5 years, which already sought to develop the workforce, through our foundation degree programmes.

“This external national investment will support the Trust to continue to address some of the workforce issues and in addition will provide flexibility in entry to a registered health care career, and opportunities for career progression for individuals who may not have considered or aspired to a university education.”

Health Education England has selected 24 sites across the country to deliver the training, starting from 2017, over two years for 1000 Nurse Associates to deliver direct care.

Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, HEE, said: “We are at a pivotal point in determining what the future nursing and care workforce needs to look like for now and in the years to come. I passionately believe that this new role will help build the capacity and capability of the health and social care workforce and allow high quality care to be delivered to a diverse and ageing population. Over the last few months we’ve seen widespread support for such a role, we will now move swiftly to make this role a reality and a success.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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