The new nursing associate (NA) role was introduced in England to bridge the gap between health care assistants and registered nurses.
A pilot programme consisting of around 2,000 trainee nursing associates (TNAs) was launched in early 2017. Up to 5,000 TNAs were trained in 2018 and 7,500 will begin their training this year.
At the end of January, qualified nursing associates joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and were eligible to join the workforce in England.
Many newly qualified nursing associates will be working in the NHS, with a small number working in social care, hospices and GP practices.
Increasing numbers of nursing associates will enter the workforce in England throughout 2019 and beyond.
The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the role, designed to bridge the gap between unregulated health care assistants and registered nurses. Guidance and resources aimed at nursing associates and registered nurses, to help support their integration into the workplace and career development, will be available soon.
You will find resources on this page to support the introduction of nursing associates into the workforce in England.
- nursing association job description guidance for employers. This has been developed in partnership with multiple organisations
- best practice guidance on preceptorship for nursing associates, by Health Education England.