Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support Ltd

Nursing Associates

The Nursing Associate role is a newly developed apprenticeship that is being rolled out across the country.

How to get involved in the Norfolk & Waveney Partnership

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

Norfolk and Waveney Partnership are part of the third wave and include NHS Trusts, primary care and social care organisations. Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support are a partner and are raising the profile of social care and facilitating involvement in the programme. Our Partnership has been nationally recognised for its integrated approach.

We currently have some inclusion of social care and partners from the independent sector in the test sites but Norfolk and Waveney Partnership would like to see this expand.

Please speak to Christine Futter if you are interested in taking part. See below for more information and left for an Expression of Interest form. Norfolk and Waveney Partnership are continuing to develop the programme and as and when new cohort start dates are agreed these will be advertised on this page, through our e-bulletins and newsletters.

What is a Nursing Associate?

The Nursing Associate is a stand-alone role in its own right and will also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing. The Nursing Associate programme provides a nursing pathway for both the health and social care workforce, strengthening opportunities to create a “home-grown” workforce This enables care homes and home care providers to re-profile their workforce and support the development of their staff for the benefit of the service user/resident or patient. It is registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and is a professional registered qualification. The Nursing Associate will form part of the regulated workforce.

The Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsible nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Nursing Associates work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan.  Nursing Associates will have a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skills set to serve local health populations, in a range of settings covering pre-life to end of life.  The Nursing Associate Apprentice must meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate, prior to taking their End Point Assessment.

Working within the sphere of nursing the Nursing Associate delivers high quality person-centred care across health and social care settings.  The Nursing Associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or carers, providing holistic and person-centred care to individuals, supporting the Registered Nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

More information can be found on the Skills for Care website:

What is the qualification?

A regulated level 5 qualification - Foundation Degree Apprenticeship. Apprentices for our programme must already hold Grade C/level 2 English and maths prior to starting the qualification.

The Nursing Associate Training Programme combines and integrates both academic and work-based learning. A Trainee Nursing Associate will be based, as an employee, in a particular organisation, in a specific setting, but will complete 3 external placements in order to gain a wide appreciation of many health and care contexts and the achievement of the NMC’s Standards of Proficiency. Further details of the programme are in the FAQ’s opposite.

How is the programme funded?

The cost of the academic programme is paid for by the employer directly to the University using Apprenticeship Levy funds.

Please note that as the programme is funded through the Apprenticeship Levy, apprentices are unable to access any student loan or maintenance grants

The funding band has been agreed at £15,000.

There are two routes of funding:

  1. Levy payment – the UEA only have a contract to accept levy payers but the Norfolk and Waveney Partnership have been successful in facilitating the transfer of levy payment to non-levy payers to allow access to this programme
  2. Non-levy payment - The OU can accept non-levy payers directly – non Levy payers must make a 5% contribution (£750) towards the cost.

What documents support this role?

Apprenticeship Standard

Details of the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Standard can be found HERE.

Nursing Associate (NMC 2018) Standard (Institute of Apprenticeships)

Standards for nursing associates

Standards of Proficiency

Standards for student supervision and assessment

Advisory Guidance

Administration of Medicines by Nursing Associates guidance - administration of medicines by nursing associates.pdf

Please see the FAQs . These cover the requirements and details of the Norfolk and Waveney Nursing Associate programme.

An interactive guide for employers has been produced to provide support and guidance for those exploring the potential of the new nursing associate role within their organisation.

CQC briefing for providers: Nursing associates 

CQC have provided a briefing about the new role of nursing associate to all health and social care providers in England. 

The briefing note includes:

  • links to guidance about this new role and what it means for services
  • what to be aware of under the Health and Social Care Act and specific regulated activities
  • how CQC will consider the new role in their inspection and regulation

Download the briefing note HERE.

English & maths requirement

One criteria for the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship is having a English and maths at Level 2. 

Norfolk County Council offer this via their Adult Learning team. Deatils can be found HERE.

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