Consultation on proposed standards for new nursing associate role
< May 2018

Consultation on proposed standards for new nursing associate role

The Nursing Associate is a new role created to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses in England.

As part of the proposals the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has outlined our approach to education including ambitious standards of proficiency for the role that will enable nursing associates to deliver first class care.

They have also set out how they expect the existing Code - with a new introduction - to apply to nursing associates as well as nurses and midwives, ensuring that the same high standards of professional behaviour and conduct will apply to everyone on their register.

Under the plans, nursing associates would also be subject to the same revalidation requirements as nurses and midwives when renewing their registration with the NMC as well as the same fitness to practise processes should something go wrong.

Over the coming weeks the NMC will be holding workshops across the country for trainees, registered nurses, employers, patients and the public. There will also be regular twitter chats and webinars with lots of opportunities for people to learn more about what regulation means for the new role and share their views.

Nursing associates: Consultation on the regulation of a new profession will run until 2nd July 2018.

You can keep up to date with nursing associates developments by following @nmcnews on Twitter.

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