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Nursing workforce of the future launches at West Herts

Posted: 4 May 2017
Kate Ewer, Communications and Engagement Manager

The launch of the nursing associate trainee programme across Hertfordshire and West Essex has opened up new career opportunities for 15 of our healthcare support workers.

Picture of the nursing associate traineesThe group from West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust joined trainees from other trusts to register at the University of Hertfordshire at the end of April for the two-year programme. The role is designed to enable support staff to become regulated nurses and is a bridge between healthcare assistants and first level or degree qualified registered nurses.

Chief nurse Tracey Carter said: “It is an exciting time for us an organisation as we are helping to develop the workforce of the future and providing career options for our healthcare assistants. The nursing associate trainees will become part of our workforce, which is a fantastic opportunity for our staff.”

As one of 24 pilot sites, the trust is among the first in the country to roll out the programme alongside partner organisations in Hertfordshire and West Essex. Trainees will be able to alternate through acute, community, mental health and care settings for their clinical training. The University of Hertfordshire will deliver the curriculum and organise placements.

Tracey added: “Once our nursing associate trainees are qualified, we will be able to create a complementary workforce to support our registered nurses across our clinical areas.”

Health Education England has provided the funding for the pilot programmes with the aim of recruiting 2,000 nursing associates nationally. The training will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council over the next two years.


For more information, please contact Kate Ewer, Communications and Engagement Manager, in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 281 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.