Trainee Nursing Associates impress Health Education England

19 June 2017

Senior NHS leaders have been impressed by nursing associates from across Cheshire and Wirral.

Officials from Health Education England were welcomed by local trainee nursing associates service users during a recent visit.

Senior staff from the region’s hospitals and the University of Chester explained how the programme had been developed and tailored so that local nursing associates are able to deliver care that fully focuses on the individual needs of each patient.

Lived Experience Connectors – volunteers who have experience of local healthcare services – are playing a key part in nursing associate training. They explained their role of ‘buddying up’ with trainees to share their own experiences and ensure trainees develop an understanding of positive patient care.

Health Education England Chairman Sir Keith Pearson said: “The visit has enabled us to meet some local trainee nursing associates and hear how partnership working is supporting a successful pilot programme.

“It’s been pleasing to see that the person-centred aspect in the initial programme bid has transferred to the people we’ve been talking to today.”

CWP director of nursing, therapies and patient partnership, Avril Devaney, who is leading the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Delivery Group, said: “It’s been great to show Health Education England how person-centred we are as a Trust.

“Today’s visit has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase our good partnership working across Cheshire and Wirral.”

Cheshire and Wirral is one of the original 11 pilot sites across England to pioneer the new nursing associate role with trainees starting in six NHS organisations across the region.

Local trainees are working alongside registered nurses and other healthcare staff in hospital wards and community settings, whilst also receiving thorough support and training from the University of Chester as part of a two-year course.

Once they have finished their training and placements, nursing associates working in a range of clinical and community settings will bridge the gap between care assistants and registered nurses in a hands-on role that ensures patients receive compassionate, person-centred care.

CWP is the lead organisation for the new programme which was introduced earlier as part of a national initiative to support current nurses and to provide an additional route for many to become degree registered nurses.

Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (WUTH) and East Cheshire NHS Trust are also supporting Trainee Nursing Associates as part of the pilot.

Photo: Cheshire and Wirral’s Trainee Nursing Associates with senior staff from their respective Trusts, Health Education England and The University of Chester



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