Urgent and emergency care nursing associate apprenticeships

Urgent and emergency care nursing associate apprenticeships a not to be missed opportunity for health and care providers

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The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) is offering a not-to-be missed opportunity to the health and care workforce of a rotational trainee nursing associate course in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, Health Education England and West Yorkshire and Harrogate’s Urgent and Emergency Care Programme.

The course builds on the highly successful nursing associate course ran by the University, with the addition of a rotational work-based element designed to promote collaborative working and the movement of skills and experience across the health and care system.

The course, originally due to start in December 2020, was put on hold due to COVID-19. The course is now being re-launched with a start date of 7 June 2021, and health and care employers are being asked for expressions of interest by 28 February 2021 if not given already.

Following a successful bid, additional funding has been made available to provide support to employers to release staff for teaching and placements and all health and care employers are invited to apply for this additional funding of up to £4000 per annum.

In addition, with the adding of the nursing associate role to the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme, general practices can now apply for full reimbursement of trainee and qualified nursing associate salaries.

Another exciting development to this new and innovative programme is the appointment of a clinical nurse educator whose work will focus on ensuring that learners have the skills and training to succeed in their individual nursing placements.

Dr David Tatham, Bradford GP and joint clinical lead for the Urgent and Emergency Care Programme at the WY&H HCP said “We understand that pressures are still very high owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and supporting trainees in the work place may not be a current priority. However, we urge employers to take advantage now of this heavily supported initiative as a way to grow and develop your existing workforce in order to build resilience and reduce workforce pressures of the future”.

Clair White registered nurse and clinical nurse educator for the rotational trainee nursing associate course said “I’m really looking forward to working with a brand new cohort of enthusiastic learners on this new and innovative course. My role will be to work alongside and mentor the learners to ensure they have the skills, training and support to succeed in their individual placements. There will be lots of support available and I would urge anyone interested to speak with their employer. It will be a real privilege to work alongside each and every individual along their journey to becoming fully qualified nursing associates and as we continue to build on the skills and capabilities of our workforce”.