A new support role for nursing
Health Education England (HEE) has published its response to the recent consultation on a new support role for nursing.
In December 2015, the Government announced a plan to create a new nursing support role.
The new role is expected to work alongside care assistants and registered nurses to deliver hands-on care, focusing on ensuring patients continue to get the compassionate care they deserve. This new role has the potential to transform the nursing and care workforce and making sure the role has a clear entry and progression point will be crucial in its development.
The Shape of Caring review recommended developing this role because of an NHS need - providing benefits for patients, the NHS and the individuals who are trained.
HEE aims to ensure that the staff of the future are ready, willing and able to deliver the high quality care patients need and can adapt to change as it happens. We want to create a career pathway that offers progression opportunities and gives job satisfaction to those who want to develop themselves in this important profession.
Overall, we want to create a new type of care worker with a higher skillset to assist, support and complement the care given by registered nurses.
We are delighted to publish the outcome of the Nursing Associate consultation. The report can be downloaded from this page.
“Our consultation has shown that there is a real appetite for this role, which we firmly believe can provide a real benefit to the nursing workforce across a range of settings and play a key role in the delivery of patient care with safety at its heart. This new role has the potential to transform the nursing and care workforce - making sure the role has a clear entry and progression point will be crucial in its development. The role is neither a panacea for future workforce supply, or a substitute for increasing the supply of graduate registered nurses – and throughout the process we sought to reassure people that patient safety remains paramount and is a determining factor that underlines the role. I would like to express my personal thanks to everyone who took part in the consultation and took the time to express their views on the scope of this new role."
Professor Lisa Bayliss Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality, HEE.