< July 2018

Trainee Nursing Associate Pilot Scheme

In Herts and West Essex there has been a Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) Pilot Scheme. This scheme is working towards developing Health Care Assistants (HCA) into a role that is complementary to the nursing workforce. A Norfolk nursing home has been involved.

This two year programme offers previous HCAs the opportunity to work within all areas of nursing from pre-conception to end of life within acute Trusts, Mental Health, Learning Disability, Community, Hospices, Care and Nursing Homes.

The role aims to close the gap between services with the aim being upmost to provide users of care providers with the best possible care. This role which involves two years of training will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The Herts and West Essex programme was fortunate to have Eversley Nursing Home in Great Yarmouth offer the TNAs a placement recently thanks to their visionary manager, Ewa Kujawa and her team.

This placement was taken up by Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation NHS Trust trainee Joanne Bishop. Joanne is in her second year of her TNA training and has a background of forensic learning disability nursing.

This placement was far removed from anything Joanne was used to and she has been honest in the challenging aspect of this placement.

Ewa, has embraced Joanne wholly within her team offering her a thorough insight into palliative care. The support Ewa and her team have offered was described as exemplary. This was evident in her feedback of Joanne culminating with Ewa supporting Joanne in the management of an entire shift.

Joanne has come away with a brand new perspective of palliative care and the importance of preventative care with regards to skin integrity as one of many examples. Ewa was honest and forthcoming with her feedback of Joanne commenting on her growth as a practitioner with special mention to how the team had even sought Joanne’s expertisie with a particularly complex patient. Her professionalism, eye for detail and her ability to ensure her patient was always within line of sight were comments made by Ewa that have been invaluable to Joanne who held Ewa in high regard.

Ewa, has also offered her positive view of the TNA role and is keen to work with Herts and West Essex TNA’s in the future.

The team from Herts and West Essex have offered their sincerest thanks to Ewa and Eversley Nursing Home for this fantastic placement opportunity, satying "Everyone should have the opportunity to work under Ewa’s guidance as her passion for excellent patient focus care is evident."


Kirstin Paisley-Pearce (Practice Education Facilitator, Herts and West Essex Trainee Nursing Associate Programme); Barbara Del Gaudio (Education Manager, Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation NHS Trust); Joanne Bishop (TNA Student); Ewa Kujawa, Registered Manager, Eversley Nursing Home


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