Pioneering the Future of
AN innovative partnership between local
NHS Trusts and the University of Chester is set to create a new support role for
nurses across Cheshire and Wirral.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has successfully led
a local partnership bid to be selected by Health Education England (HEE) as 1 of
only 11 pilot sites across England to pioneer the new nursing associate role.
In announcing the successful bids today, HEE described the partnership as "experienced",
providing "Nursing Associates across the acute, community and primary care
for urban, rural and coastal communities, with a strong emphasis on learning
disabilities and mental health services."
Avril Devaney, CWP director of nursing, therapies and patient partnerships,
explains:- "We are absolutely delighted that our partnership has been
selected to pioneer the new Nursing Associate role for healthcare in England.
Our bid focussed on delivering person centred care, ensuring people and their
families who access services are treated as individuals and that their personal
needs and preferences about their care are taken into consideration. I'd like to
thank everyone who worked on the bid for their commitment and innovative ideas."
Professor Lisa Bayliss Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of
Education and Quality, HEE, said:- "I am delighted with the high level of
interest and the quality of the applications received. It shows that there is a
real appetite for helping to deliver this new role which we believe can provide
a real benefit to the nursing and care workforce across a range of settings and
play a key role in the delivery of patient care with safety at its heart."
Professor Annette McIntosh Scott, Executive Dean of the University of Chester's
Faculty of Health and Social Care, said:- "This is fantastic news and we
are proud that the partnership has been selected to provide this new training
and we look forward to welcoming the new cohort of Nursing Associates."
The role will help bridge the gap between health and care support workers, who
have a care certificate, and graduate registered nurses and offers opportunities
for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles. Recruitment for the
new Nursing Associates will start imminently with the successful candidates
taking up posts early in 2017.