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Nursing associates will be introduced next year to work alongside healthcare support workers and fully qualified nurses focusing on patient care, announced health minister Ben Gummer.

The role, will bridge the gap between healthcare support workers, who have a care certificate, and registered nurses.

Mr Gummer said: 'This new role and the opportunity it offers for those who want to progress to a registered nurse will open up a career in nursing for thousands of people from all backgrounds. Along with the recent changes to student funding, which will enable universities to offer up to 10,000 additional training places over this parliament, we will ensure the profession is accessible for those with the skills, values and ambition to choose nursing.

'We will consult widely in the new year as we want to ensure nursing apprenticeships and this new post are correctly formed,' he added.

Chief nursing officer Jane Cummings said: 'Health and care assistants are a really important part of the team and should be given the opportunity to develop, which is why we continue to work with Health Education England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the development of a tangible career path. This new role will provide a valuabel addition to this work by creating a bridge between between senior health and care assistants and registered nurses. It will also benefit registered by providing additional support in meeting the needs of our patients.'

Individual NHS employers will decide how many nursing associates are needed in their organisation. However, subject to the outcome of a consultation, it is anticipated that up to 1000 nursing associates could be trained from 2016.

There will be a consultation on all the specifics of the scope of this role, including the title, with representatives from the nursing profession including the royal colleges and the representative unions in the new year.

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I am a retired State Enrolled nurse I qualified in 1969 ! Also trained District nurse ! I think its about time there was an equivalent to State enrolled nurse ! As not all people are able to do degrees ! If this had been happening when I nurse I would not have been a qualified nurse ! This is the reason why u have a shortage of nurses ! Also interference from EU with red tape of box ticking culture ! Nurses would achieve far more patient care if this was not so! Also lack of practical training on wards ! Lack basic nursing care !
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how is this role different to an assistant practitioner? AP's have a foundation degree, could an associate nurse with the same level of qualification as an AP do more clinically?
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As a retired Nurse teacher involved in Project 2000. I am dismayed that once again 'price cutting' is behind the policies.At one time I taught pupil nurses many were excellent care givers who later converted to RGN. In practice they were expected to take on roles which they hadn't prepared for
which was grossly unfair to them, and it will happen again.Why is it impossible to acknowledge that a registered begins to practice as a nurse and it will take some time to acquire the further knowledge and advanced skills to be competent for further practice. The ratio of nurse to less qualified who need mentoring was set for the degree programme as 2 qualified nurses to 1 unqualified (as registered) for student nurses and in practice for eg care assisstants. I didn't happen. Now I see the registered nurse is going to be further diluted because this government is not prepared to train many more nurses unless they all are deprived of bursaries. This is becoming a weird form of privatisation the universities being the beneficionaries. I believe this should be derailed as soon as possible.
Of course medicine is going to have it's Physicians Associates with the carrot of eventually becoming doctors. The health department is good at causing problems and fail at professional solutions.
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That's what we were enrolled nurses were. But they rid of us.
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2016 marks 30 years of nursing for me. I started as an enrolled nurse, so actually have some idea of what an assosciate nursing role may entail and can see the benefit of reintroducing a similar role. However I would approach cautiously, it has to be adequately registered, regulated and accountable. There are downsides though. When i worked as an enrolled nurse I was expected to run the ward at night particularly and sometimes in the day during times of staff shortages. One minute I was allowed to fulfill a function the next time I wasn't - there was also a hierarchy around the role of an enrolled and registered nurses. Bearing in mind the NMC has failed to regulate advanced practice and nurse practitioners I would be very concerned and not a little annoyed if a politically expedient solution to nursing shortages were regulated ahead of advanced practice.
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I agree with all the comments above.I am old enough to remember the SEN and the fantastic job they did.It is important that whatever is introduced should be registered,regulated and accountable.
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seems to me were going back to the old SEN who filled this roll for many many years and did a great job.
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How much money was wasted phasing out the Enrolled Nurse. SENs provided a valuable, caring tier in the profession- and now there seems to be a need to re introduce this tier at some cost. When are people going to stop wasting valuable resources in a stretched health service?
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My personal view is that this is history repeating itself. The reasons for this are the same as during the 1950s-60's then a workforce shortage resulted in the creation of State Enrolled Assistant Nurses who then became 'registered' with the GNC (forerunner of the UKCC and now the NMC) - what happened to the SEN (a very useful 'associate practitioner' role intended to support the SRN). Phased out during the 1990s (?why) and now less than 20 years later we are reintroducing the SEN under the title of the nursing associate brand. In the fullness of time nursing associates will become part of the skilled nursing workforce and then request recognition and regulation from the NMC. A new wave of 'conversion courses' will be introduced. How long before the idea of 'local schools of nursing' are considered, albeit this time linked with Universities. History has a habit of repeating itself, usual for the same reasons. Healthcare is no different.
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Hmmm...rebranded Enrolled Nurses. It's only taken 15 years!
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