< April 2018

Trainee Nursing Associate expansion - Expressions of Interest wanted

A great opportunity has arisen for nursing home staff to undertake a new and exciting two year programme as Trainee Nursing Associate, leading to a level 5 qualification as a Nursing Associate.

The Norfolk and Waveney system is looking to recruit trainees across health and social care. Nursing homes can benefit greatly from this new role. You will need to complete an Expression of Interest Form. Details of the new programme are below.

To discuss this further or to request an Expression of Interest Form Please contact Christine Futter at N&SCS on 01603 629211 by Friday 25 May 2018.

Health Education England is leading the development of the Nursing Associate role though the establishment of test site partnerships. There are currently 35 test sites partnerships across England with more partnerships forming this year as well as existing sites expanding to include new employers and placement partners.

Health Education England currently have some inclusion of social care and partners from the Independent sector in the test sites but would like to see this expand.

What is a test site?

Each partnership has, as a minimum, a lead education and employer provider and needs to provide trainee nursing associates with a breadth of placement experiences across the four nursing fields.

What level of commitment is involved?

Each employer partner within the test sites commits to training a number of nursing associates. These may be existing employees or new staff. The trainee will need to be released to attend their academic and placement days. They must provide supervision and mentorship and comply with the governance and reporting arrangements agreed between the test sites and Health Education England. Alternatively, employers may choose to be placement providers in which case they commit to providing supervision and mentorship and to be part of the HEE quality audit processes.

How is the programme delivered?

The Nursing Associate apprenticeship standard has now been approved for delivery. The apprenticeship must be delivered by an NMC approved provider of pre-registration nurse education and sit under the umbrella of the Health Education England quality assurance process for test sites. Once the Nursing and Midwifery Council can approve Nursing Associate programmes then they will oversee the quality assurance.

The apprenticeship programme delivers the HEE Curriculum Framework for Nursing Associates. This programme has 3000 hours learning and practice hours attached and if delivered over a two-year period this means the trainee attends an academic day once a week and completes 675 external placement hours.

How is the programme funded?

Funding for the programme will be via the Apprenticeship Levy. The funding band has been agreed at £15,000; drawn down as a digital voucher this will cover the main cost of the academic provision of the programme. £2,500 of this £15,000 can be used to support practice placement preparation and supervision, however Levy payers will need to negotiate and agree with their education provider on how this is used.

The rules for the use of the Levy funding are extremely stringent and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will audit service and education providers to ensure that funding rules are not breeched.

Non Levy payers will have to make a 10% contribution (£1,500) towards the cost of programme.

For starters in 2018, Health Education England will pay £3,200 per trainee as a ‘one-off’ payment to support the employer with mentorship, supervision and quality assurance to assist with ensuring the employer achieves a state of readiness to embed the new role.


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