Trainee Nurse Associate

Trainee Nurse Associate Mohammed Aqeel is track for professional success.

Mohammed joined Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 2015, and in just 18 months is already realising his career goals – with the support of his colleagues and manager.

“I’d always wanted to work in the NHS,” said Aqeel, “and when an opportunity to become a healthcare assistant came up, I went for it. I know I’ve made the right move; I love my job.”

In 2016, the Trust launched a pilot scheme for nursing associates and Aqeel’s manager saw his potential and encouraged him to apply.


“I’m the only man in my year on the two-year course, which can be a blessing and a curse. It’s tough juggling a family with study, but it’s worth it.

“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do this, but the encouragement I’ve received has been great.  I enjoy the responsibility that is given to us as trainees.  There’s a lot to learn but I’m determined to succeed.”

Aqeel now has an eye on the future, while keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

Mohammed Aqeel

“I’m taking things one step at a time.  I want to be a good band 4 nurse first, and take it from there. But who knows what the future holds.”

We offer places on our nurse associate training course each year and would encourage anyone with some experience as a healthcare assistant to apply.

This new route into nursing provides a great stepping stone for those who, like Mohammed, possess ambition and experience.