Trainee Nursing Associates
impress Health Education England
SENIOR NHS leaders have been impressed
by nursing associates from across Cheshire and Wirral. Officials from
Health Education England were welcomed by local trainee nursing associates
service users during a recent visit.
Senior staff from the region's Hospitals and the University of Chester explained
how the programme had been developed and tailored so that local nursing
associates are able to deliver care that fully focuses on the individual needs
of each patient.
Lived Experience Connectors; volunteers who have experience of local healthcare
services; are playing a key part in nursing associate training. They explained
their role of 'buddying up' with trainees to share their own experiences and
ensure trainees develop an understanding of positive patient care.
Health Education England Chairman Sir Keith Pearson said:- "The visit has
enabled us to meet some local trainee nursing associates and hear how
partnership working is supporting a successful pilot programme.
It's been pleasing to see that the person centred aspect in the initial
programme bid has transferred to the people we've been talking to."
CWP director of nursing, therapies and patient partnership, Avril Devaney, who
is leading the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Delivery Group, said:-
"It's been great to show Health Education England how person centred we are as a
Today's visit has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase our good partnership
working across Cheshire and Wirral."
Cheshire and Wirral is 1 of the original 11 pilot sites across England to
pioneer the new nursing associate role with trainees starting in 6 NHS
organisations across the region.
Local trainees are working alongside registered Nurses and other healthcare
staff in Hospital wards and community settings, whilst also receiving thorough
support and training from the University of Chester as part of a 2 year
Once they have finished their training and placements, nursing associates
working in a range of clinical and community settings will bridge the gap
between care assistants and registered Nurses in a hands on role that ensures
patients receive compassionate, person centred care.
CWP is the lead organisation for the new programme which was introduced earlier
as part of a national initiative to support current Nurses and to provide an
additional route for many to become degree registered Nurses.
Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS
Foundation Trust, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral
University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (WUTH) and East Cheshire NHS
Trust are also supporting Trainee Nursing Associates as part of the pilot.