On Wednesday the 18th January Greater Manchester launched their Nursing Associate programme. The Trainee nurse associates will be starting the programme on the 30th January and will be based at a range of Trusts across the area. MMU is working in partnership with University of Salford and Bolton to deliver the academic element of the Foundation Degree. Students will be supported in practice by specially recruited practice educators. The programme is a pilot and has been designed to facilitate access to a shortened pre registration nursing programme for those who wish to progress to become a registered nurse and have the necessary additional pre entry qualifications.
The students who are going to be attending MMU were given the opportunity to introduce themselves and identify what they are looking forward to most whilst meeting the team who are going to support them in their studies and finding out about the course. The enthusiasm in the room was infectious and it was clear they are all excited about this unique opportunity to take part in what could herald a major change in nursing.
Nursing associates will work under the direction of registered nurses and contribute to the delivery of safe and effective care for patients. The pilot funded by Health Education England will be evaluated to identify its contribution to care and shape the future scope of practice of NAs.
We will follow their progress wth interest and are looking forward to the opportunity to support students to achieve success. Wishing them all good luck.
The MMU team talking about the course to the excited students and staff.