17 February 2017
NUH welcomes new Trainee Nursing Associates
The first crop of a new generation of nursing staff has been
welcomed onto wards at Nottingham hospitals.
The new cohort of Trainee Nursing Associates at Nottingham
University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust will support fully-qualified
registered nurses whilst also developing their own practical
NUH is one of 11 test sites in England to pilot the Trainee
Nursing Associate role, which will complement the care provided by
the hospital's fully-qualified registered nurses and care support
workers. The new recruits will deliver hands on care to patients as
members of the nursing team whilst undergoing a two year programme
The trainees will attend the University of Derby one day a week
and will spend the remainder of their time working in clinical
practice as a member of the nursing team.
Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH and regional lead for the
Trainee Nursing Associate program, said: "This is an exciting
development within nursing and we're pleased to be one of the 11
sites in the country to be selected to test this role. It provides
our healthcare assistants with a unique opportunity to progress
further into nursing and adds to the overall care that we are able
to provide to our patients."
The new recruits will help to plan, coordinate and deliver care
in different settings helping to bridge the gap between health care
assistants (HCAs) and registered nurses. The role is not a
substitute for a registered nurse, but will support the existing
teams providing care in hospitals and in the community.
After completing the two year foundation degree programme the
trainees will become a registered nursing associate and will be
regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Kelly Hall, a new Trainee Nursing Associate at NUH, said: "I am
so excited to have started as a Trainee Nursing Associate. Going to
University has been something I have dreamed of but never thought I
would do. At the end of the course I will have a
qualification, a foundation degree, as well as lots of new
knowledge that I can put into practice in the clinical area.
I will also have gained in confidence, enabling me to gain new
knowledge and skills throughout my career.
"In the future I hope to carry on my training to become a
Registered Nurse and this programme has opened so many doors for me
that will make that possible."
Over 200 Trainee Nursing Associates have been placed in acute
and community care settings in the East Midlands. Other providers
in Nottinghamshire include Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham
City Care, Social Care and Primary Care.
NUH is hosting a Nursing and Midwifery Recruitment and Careers
Day on 24 February at Nottingham Forest Football Club. Registered
nurses and students studying a nursing degree can find out about
NUH and the opportunities that are available at the region's major
acute teaching hospitals trust. For more information visit http://teamnuh.co.uk/join-our-team/