We’ve welcomed in the new year with interviews for an exciting new role for our aspiring nurses. NUH is one of 11 test sites in England to be piloting the Trainee Nursing Associate role, which will complement the care provided by our fully-qualified registered nurses and care support workers. These new recruits will deliver hands-on care for patients whilst undergoing a two year programme of study.
This a fantastic opportunity for our healthcare assistants to progress into a new nursing role, allowing us to retain their knowledge but develop them further within the Trust. The trainees will attend the University of Derby one day a week undertaking a foundation degree as part of their course. They will spend the remainder of their time working in clinical practice as a member of the nursing team. At the end of their training they will qualify as a Nursing Associate and will increase from a Band 3 to a Band 4 (subject to the national job description going through job matching).
The Band 4 Nursing Associate role will help to plan, coordinate and deliver care in different settings. It is not a substitute for a registered nurse, but will support the existing teams in primary, secondary and community care.
There are 62 places available across Nottinghamshire and 230 in the East Midlands. Other providers in Nottinghamshire include Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham CityCare, Social Care and Primary Care.
I’m proud that our nursing colleagues are taking the lead on the pilot for the East Midlands. Mandie Sunderland, our Chief Nurse, is the regional lead, Sue Haines, Assistant Director of Nursing and Rachel Tennyson, Nurse Lead for Healthcare Assistants and Wider Workforce careers, are co-ordinating the implementation and evaluation of the role for NUH. As part of this we will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands to ensure consistency in how the role is delivered and developed.
Interviews took place last week and the candidates were all of an exceptional standard. For all those who applied and weren’t successful, thank you for putting yourself forwards and there will be more opportunities in the future, I am sure. To the 20 new trainees who will start their exciting journey at the end of January, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations, and wish you every success in the development of your future career. I look forward to hearing all about your experiences over the next two years.