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First wave of nursing associates to begin training at Sherwood Forest Hospitals


October 20. 2016

Trainees in the newly created nursing associate role will begin training at Sherwood Forest Hospitals this year.

They are among more than 1,000 nursing associate trainees at sites across the country and will work alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses following a successful bid to Health Education England (HEE).

Sherwood Forest Hospitals Deputy Chief Nurse Victoria Bagshaw said: “We hope to welcome up to 20 trainees.

“There is great demand and widespread support for the new role, which has been designed to be able to support both health and care workers across a range of settings as the demands for care develop over time.”

HEE has also announced today that there will be a second wave of a further 1,000 nursing associate trainees following huge interest in the role and high demand from providers wanting to offer training places.

Eleven sites have been chosen to deliver the first wave of training that will start in December and run over two years. The sites include higher education institutions, care homes, acute, community and mental health trusts and hospices.

The role will bridge the gap between health and care support workers, who have a care certificate and graduate registered nurses. It offers opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles.

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 past few months we have seen widespread support for such a role – we will now move swiftly to make this role a reality and a success.”

Sherwood Forest, which runs King’s Mill Hospital, Newark Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital, is part of a partnership of organisations led by Nottingham University Hospitals and including the University of Nottingham, University of Derby and University of Lincoln, Mansfield and Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS trust’s across the East Midlands.

˜• To find out more about the full range of career opportunities across Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust visit our website. Vacancies cover nursing and midwifery, medical roles, allied health professionals, science services, administration and support.

For more information visit Health Education England’s website