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Nursing associate test sites

At the end of June 2016, HEE announced its call for applications for test site partnerships to introduce the new role of Nursing Associate. The application process was discussed at the five workshops held in July and Senior Policy Nurse Sam Donohue also held two well-attended webinars for potential applicants. The deadline for applications was 10 August, and successful test sites were announced in October. FAQs and guidance materials can still be viewed from this page.

Read the announcement here. 


“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.”

Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, HEE


“I am delighted with the high level of interest and the quality of the applications received. It shows that there is a real appetite for helping to deliver this new role which we believe can provide a real benefit to the nursing and care workforce across a range of settings and play a key role in the delivery of patient care with safety at its heart. I would like to express my personal thanks to everyone who has shown interest in becoming a test site.”

Professor Lisa Bayliss Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality, HEE


“It is important that we build a workforce to meet the changing needs of the people we care for. The new Nursing Associate role will be a part of a team built around those needs and will provide an exciting opportunity for those who want to progress their careers in the field of health and care.

“The new role also has clear benefits for registered nurses, providing additional support and releasing time to provide the assessment and care they are trained to do, as well as undertake more advanced tasks. This will ensure we use the right skills in the right place and at the right time

“The introduction of Nursing Associates is a positive and welcome step forward and I look forward to following progress made as training begins.“

Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England


“The nursing associate role will help ensure future nurses are prepared for the challenges of modern day healthcare, focusing on prevention and wellbeing. This will be good for individuals, helping and encouraging them to better look after their own health. I wish new trainees all the best.”

Joanne Bosanquet, Public Health England’s Deputy Chief Nurse


“The Nursing Associate role will be a key part of a contemporary multidisciplinary workforce. In my discussions with Directors of Nursing across England there is widespread support for the introduction of this role for health and care. I’m delighted with today’s announcement and I will work with the successful organisations during their pilots.”

Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement

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