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Middlesex awarded training contract for new nursing associate roles

Middlesex and Whittington NHS Trust awarded contract to train 75 NHS nursing associates for employers across London and the south east

A nursing class at Middlesex

Middlesex University, in partnership with Whittington Health NHS Trust, has been awarded a contract to train nursing associates as part of a new Health Education England (HEE) initiative.

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

The first wave of training will provide 1,000 nursing associates from 11 training sites to hospitals across England. There will then be a second wave to train a further 1,000 nursing associates following high demand from healthcare workers and providers.

“This is an exciting development from Health Education England to develop a new role to support the registered nursing workforce,” Marion Taylor, Director of Programmes - Nursing at Middlesex

Middlesex will work with Whittington Health NHS Trust to train nursing associates for employers in London and the south east including the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEH).

Marion Taylor, Director of Programmes - Nursing at Middlesex, is delighted the University will be working closely with Whittington Health to deliver this new training.

“We are pleased to be one of only 11 pilot sites in England for the Nursing Associate Programme, which will commence in January 2017,” she says.

“We have worked closely with our colleagues in Whittington Health, the lead organisation, and other organisations who will be employers or placement providers for the 75 students.

“This provides us with a fantastic opportunity to work with colleagues from health and social care.”

Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive of HEE, is confident the new role will have a big impact within the healthcare sector.

“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,” he says.

”I passionately believe 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.”

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