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Nursing associate test sites

Nationally, Health Education England (HEE) is committed to establishing a number of test site partnerships across STP comprised of a partnership with at least one education provider and each to be willing to participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the programme.


We invite health and care employers across the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints and education providers to apply to become test site partnerships and be part of an innovative programme across England to test and establish a new nursing support role, name the nursing associate. The selected test site partnerships will deliver the education and training for the trainee nursing associate role. 

This important initiative is a key component of the government and HEE’s commitment to build capacity to care and capability to treat within the health and care workforce for today, and to meet future needs. 

The Nursing Associate Test Site Partnerships Application Form Guidance - Third Wave and Nursing Associate Expansion Data Capture Guidance can be found in related documents below.  

Complete the Nursing Associate Expansion Data Capture Form online or for more information contact natestsiteenquiries@hee.nhs.uk

“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. I passionately believe that 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. Over the last few months we’ve seen widespread support for such a role – we will now move swiftly to make this role a reality and a success.”

Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, HEE

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