Welcome to the new Trainee Nursing Associates!

Posted on Friday 7th April 2017

Nursinf Associates Group

The University of Bolton has welcomed its first cohort of students to its new Nursing Associate programme.

Seventy students have joined the two-year programme where they will learn to become hands-on bedside nurses.

The exciting and innovative new role will sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on, compassionate care for patients.

Only eleven sites were chosen across the whole of England to deliver the first wave of training with the University of Bolton one of three universities in the North of England.

Students will study at the University one day per week whilst also undertaking full time practice at CMFT, Pennine Acute Trust, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust or Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

The role has the potential, not only to transform the lives of those in need of health care, but also to provide a very clear career progression for those undertaking the programme.

Successful completion of the course will see the students graduate with a Foundation Degree and ultimately, it is anticipated, a professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

‘The course has been created in order to meet the shortfall in nursing and to combat the difficulties in recruiting to the nursing post,’ said Programme Lead for the Trainee Nursing Associate Programme, Helen Lord.

‘We hope that the role can develop and that the University can take on more Training Nursing Associates.

‘We want to make sure our students deliver high standards of quality care across all areas, ensuring that they have the necessary foundations in nursing.’

The University of Bolton is already a pioneer in nursing education, having launched a partnership in 2015 with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to create an innovative undergraduate nursing degree course.

The unique partnership meant the Trust and the University were the first in England to offer student nursing places that were not commissioned by Health Education England.