City College Norwich is part of an important new Apprenticeship programme in Norfolk and Waveney which will help more health and care assistants make the transition to become registered nurses.
The Trainee Nursing Associates role has been introduced by the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership as part of a national programme which aims to find innovative ways to address staffing challenges within health and social care.
The nursing associate role aims to bridge the gap between health or care assistants and registered nurses. It will also give health and care assistants the opportunity to undergo further training to help them progress into a nursing role.
The first 70 students have begun the training which will further improve the care which people in Norfolk and Waveney receive while helping increase capacity within the NHS and social care workforce.
Xu Norman, who has just started training to be one of Norfolk and Waveney’s first nursing associates, said:
“I’m so pleased to have this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge. This is a chance for me to learn new skills and to be part of a team that will make a real difference to the care that people living in Norfolk and Waveney receive. It will also help me to further my own career and ultimately give me a better future.”
Over the next two years, the trainees will combine training at the University of East Anglia and City College Norwich, or via The Open University, with placements at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, James Paget and Queen Elizabeth hospitals.
They will also gain experience of community healthcare by spending time in care homes, with East Coast Community Healthcare and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust , as well as of mental health through Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s involvement in the partnership.
Once qualified, the nursing associates will provide hands-on care within hospital wards and departments, within the community and in primary care as part of the wider health and social care team.