Below we have provided a range of questions aligned to the six platforms from the NMC’s Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates. Answering these questions regarding the post you are recruiting to will provide you with the content required to describe how this role will be deployed and an expectation of how they will operate within your organisation. You may wish to refer to specific tasks and expectations set out in Annexe A and Annexe B (provided as an appendix to this document) of the Standards of Proficiency.
To reflect your organisation’s local recruitment approach, you may also wish to add in further sections to your job description which set out organisation-specific information such as values and corporate responsibilities or expectations.
1. Being an accountable professional
- Who is the nursing associate accountable to?
- Who might the nursing associate receive delegation from?
- Who might the nursing associate delegate to? (Consider for example, health care support workers, family members and lay carers).
- Consider including chart to show routes for escalation of concerns.
2. Promoting health and preventing ill health
- What tasks or responsibilities will the individual have in preventing ill health and promoting health?
- Will they be responsible for administering immunisations, using behaviour change interventions to support health and wellness (for example, NHS health checks) or actions to prevent and control infection?
3. Providing and monitoring care
- How will they contribute to the ongoing assessment of care?
- What will be the post’s responsibilities in relation to recognising when to refer to senior colleagues for reassessment of care?
- How will they contribute to the evaluation of care?
- Does the post require any specialist communication and relationship skills?
- Does the post have any specific responsibilities for monitoring people’s conditions?
- Does the post require any specific clinical or therapeutic skills?
- Will they need to use any specialist equipment or devices?
- Does the post have medicines administration responsibilities?
- How will they escalate any concerns?
4. Working in teams
- Which team will the nursing associate belong to and liaise with?
- Will the nursing associate have any particular lead responsibility areas for their team?
- Who will the nursing associate support and supervise with their learning and development (consider for example trainee nursing associates, apprentices, health care support workers and those new to care roles, for example, those undertaking the care certificate)?
- Will the nursing associate supervise other staff or volunteers?
- How will the nursing associate be involved in assessment of competences for any staff or volunteers?
- Who might the nursing associate delegate to? (Consider for example, health care support workers, family members and lay carers)
- Will the nursing associate have a specific lead or specialist area of responsibility within their team?
5. Improving safety and quality of care
- What will the nursing associate’s role be in maintaining and improving care? Consider research and evaluation, quality improvement strategies.
- How will the nursing associate have a specific role with regard to improving safety and maintaining a safe environment, for example participation in audit, health and safety activities?
- How will the nursing associate escalate any risks or safeguarding concerns?
- Will the nursing associate have any specific or specialist responsibilities for safeguarding?
6. Contributing to integrated care
- Are there other teams or agencies that the post will make and receive referrals to or from, or co-ordinate care with?
- What will be the post’s responsibilities and tasks relating to these teams or agencies?
- What will their responsibilities be in relation to the transfer of care between professionals, settings or services?