Date of release: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The university is collaborating with its NHS partners and Health Education England to pilot a training programme for Nursing Associates, a brand new role in the NHS. It is intended that this programme will be run as an apprenticeship next year.

Trainees will undertake a two-year programme and gain experience across a range of healthcare settings. After the successful completion of their academic training and workplace learning, they will be awarded a foundation degree and be called Nursing Associates.

Morag Redfern, Head of the university's Department of Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science, says: "This is an important and timely national initiative for healthcare in the UK, which will create a new workforce with the knowledge, skill and behaviours to enhance patient care.

"The University of Greenwich has a long and exemplary history of delivering high quality nursing training programmes. We're thrilled to be a part of launching this new role."

Jane Wells, Director of Nursing at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, adds: "This is an exciting journey just beginning for our Nursing Associate trainees at the University of Greenwich. It's fantastic to be building our local workforce from within – with healthcare support workers progressing to Nursing Associates."

As in many professions, higher and degree apprenticeships are a very attractive means of career progression and re-training.

The university's Programme Leader for Nursing Associates, Maureen Mounty, says: "This new programme, which in the future will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, adds to our extensive portfolio and will strengthen existing partnerships with healthcare providers and provides opportunities for trainees to follow an important career path.

"NHS partners are working with the university to tailor education and training to best suit the needs of their trainees and their working environment. This will create an educated and adaptable workforce with enhanced employability prospects.

The University of Greenwich is one of ten partners in the South East London & Kent Partnership and is the sole academic training partner.

List of NHS Partners in the current programme in alphabetical order:

Bexley Community Education Provider Network
Bromley Healthcare
Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
King's College NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham Community Education Provider Network
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

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