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Newly qualified HPFT Nursing Associate presents at national conference

27 Jun 19 - 27 Jun 19

A newly qualified Nursing Associate Lauren Caruana who works for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust was chosen to give a presentation about being a newly qualified Nursing Associate at the National Implementation Board on 12 June in London. 

l-r Carolyn Fowler HPFT’s Deputy Director Safer Care and Standards, Jacky Vincent Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality and Lauren Caruana at the first Trainee Nursing Associate Graduation celebrations in May 2019

The Nursing Associate role was created in order to bridge the gap between support workers and nurses, allowing more support to be given to nurses and improve the delivery of patient care.

The National Implementation Board meets regularly to discuss and review the progress of Nursing Associate. Representatives from various organisations attend, including Health Education England (HEE), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), social care, unions (RCN and Unison) and NHS Employers. The event was chaired by Sam Donohue - Senior Nurse Manager and Policy Lead for HEE and Nursing Associates.

Lauren said: “It’s a really exciting opportunity to have been selected to talk about my experience as a Trainee Nursing Associate and to be able to share my team’s future plans, now that I have qualified as a Nursing Associate.

“I hope that in sharing my experience of the programme and the growth and development it has led to, both professionally and personally, it reflects what an amazing journey this has been and the contribution the Nursing Associate role will be bringing to the NHS, to improve patient care and support nurses.

“I hope to be able to continue to share the value of this new role and would encourage anyone who wants to follow a pathway into nursing to pursue the Trainee Nursing Associate course. It’s been an incredible experience and I am so excited to begin my new role as a Nursing Associate.”

The Trainee Nursing Associate programme is a two year training course with one day a week at university. The course includes six placements that give trainees valuable experience in a variety of general and mental health settings in the community and inpatients.

HPFT’s Head of Nursing and lead for the Trainee Nursing Associate programme for Herts and west Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) Bina Jumnoodoo said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer the fantastic new opportunity of Trainee Nursing Associate apprenticeships. It’s an excellent scheme allowing trainees to be employed whilst studying, as well as gaining experience on work placements and going to university one day a week. On completion, trainees are guaranteed to become a Band 4 Nursing Associate and are placed on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

“The STP’s first cohort of 43 Nursing Associates graduated in May this year and we’re looking forward to supporting many more Nursing Associates into the nursing profession via this route for a fulfilling career in the NHS.”

Find out more about the scheme here: https://www.hpft.nhs.uk/careers/roles/apprenticeships/

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