Nursing associates

Nursing associate is a relatively new role in the UK and NDHT was one of the first trusts to adopt and develop the role as part of the pilot in 2017. A nursing associate is typically someone who has worked in a healthcare environment previously (perhaps as a healthcare assistant) and who is undertaking a two year work-based training programme to become a qualified nursing associate. When qualified, you will work alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses.

You will undertake academic learning one day a week and work-based learning the rest of the week. You’ll be employed in a specific healthcare setting such as an acute or community hospital, care home or hospice but you will also gain experience in other health and care settings and situations.

As well as on the job training, nursing associates will achieve a foundation degree and can then continue to progress to become a fully-qualified registered nurse, whilst getting experience and development across a wide range of nursing disciplines.

NDDH saw some of the first nursing associates in the UK to enter the NMC register in January 2019.

Find out more about the Trainee Nursing Associates Programme.

How to apply

You can apply for any of the nursing associate roles advertised here. If you can’t find the role that you are looking for, we’d still love to hear from you so please contact our friendly recruitment team by emailing annawright@nhs.net or calling 01392 356023 for an informal chat.