Seventeen new apprentice nursing associates have been welcomed to our Trust as they start their training in our hospitals.
Over 300 people applied to take up the opportunity to become a Nursing Associate, which is a vital new role in the NHS nursing family, and the successful candidates are now starting out on their new careers here in Bradford.
Jo Hilton, Assistant Chief Nurse, Quality and Workforce, sais she was thrilled to have the new recruits on board as they will make a huge difference to the nursing support we provide – and in return they will work towards a university-accredited qualification and the chance to become a nurse.
Almost all of our latest cohort of nursing associates already work at the Trust as healthcare assistants, and have snapped up this fantastic training opportunity to earn while they learn.
The training places are open to experienced healthcare assistants and at the end of the two year apprenticeship, which includes practice placements, the candidates will be awarded a foundation degree and become a band four nursing associate.
With their training funded by Health Education England initially and now the apprenticeship levy, nursing associates work alongside existing healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients.
“The scheme is a great way to support people who really want a career in nursing but who may not be from a traditional academic background or can’t afford university fees,” said Jo.