Nursing associate

Nursing associate

Provide care for people of all ages and from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs

This is a new occupation, introduced into the health and care workforce to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associate is a stand-alone role that will also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing, enabling registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical duties. You’ll work in the public, independent and voluntary sectors, providing care for people of all ages and from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. You may provide care for people who have mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural care needs, visiting people in their own home, in the community or hospital or in any health care settings where their needs are supported and managed. You’ll work in the context of continual change, challenging environments, different models of care delivery, shifting demographics, innovation and rapidly evolving technologies. As a nursing associate you must be emotionally intelligent and resilient, able to manage your own personal health and well-being, recognise boundaries of your practice and know when and how to access support. The standards for proficiency are set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

Achievement upon completion: Level 5 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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