INTERIM REPORT: The NHS People Plan (NHS 2020) highlights the growing number of routes to joining the nursing workforce. One story featured in the Plan is that of a Nursing Associate working in Leeds (p45). This report focuses on how Nursing Associates, qualifying in early 2019, are being deployed across England by NHS and social care employers. It follows on from the Traverse review of the two-year training programme undertaken by the first 2,000 Trainee Nursing Associates (TNA). In general, this report explores whether and how the national policy objectives underpinning the introduction of Nursing Associates (NA) are being met, and the extent to which the consequences of the role are sensitive to the interests of various stakeholders – NAs themselves, their colleagues and services users/patients - and different contingencies such as care setting or locality.
See also: Reports from two case studies that form part of this project - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust; and, Livewell Southwest.