NMC responds to Health Education England's consultation on nursing associate role

Published on 28 January 2016

HEE opens consultation on nursing associate role

Health Education England has launched their consultation on the proposed nursing associate role, Building capacity to care and capability to treat: a new team member for health and social care.

The new role, provisionally known as the nursing associate, is intended to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses, and will work alongside them to deliver hands-on care to patients.

Lord Willis recommended the creation of the role in his Shape of Caring review, and the plan to introduce it was announced by the government in December 2015.

Responding to the launch of the consultation, Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

"We welcome this consultation, and will be responding fully. The introduction of the role provisionally known as the nursing associate is a highly significant development for the nursing profession.

"We are particularly interested in the consultation questions that deal with the education and regulation of the new role. While it is for the government to decide how nursing associates would enter the workforce, the specifics of their role and whether they should be regulated, it will be vital that the role has the rigour to attract public confidence.

"We look forward to continuing our close engagement with the government and Health Education England on the development of the new role."

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