2017 test site partnerships
Each partnership was aligned with a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) footprint and composed of at least one employer and one education provider (Higher Education Institution). Employers included care homes, acute, community and mental health trusts and hospices, and primary care (GPs), representing the variety of settings in which nursing associates will provide care for patients. Two thousand trainee nursing associates joined the programme within waves 1 and 2.
Nursing associate rollout 2018 onwards
Expansion of the role has continued into 2018 (wave 3) and 2019 (wave 4). In 2018 around 5,000 Trainee Nursing Associates were enrolled onto programmes. HEE is committed to a further 7,500 starting the programme by March 2020.
Health Education England (HEE) commissioned an independent evaluation of the first two years of the programme to June 2019, which was published in October 2019.
Read the evaluation.
16 October 2019
Independent evaluation of the popular trainee nursing associate role has found that there are high levels of enthusiasm and commitment to the programme.
7 June 2019
More than 1,000 people are now registered as qualified nursing associates, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health Education England (HEE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are celebrating today.
28 January 2019
Nursing Associates become the latest addition to the health and care workforce in England today (January 28).