7 trailblazers join trust in new nursing role

Posted on January 24, 2017 by AireAdmin No Comments

7 trainees joined Airedale NHS Foundation Trust today for a brand new nursing associate programme – helping to transform the nursing and care workforce for the future.  The trailblazing programme will create a new type of care worker with the skills to assist, support and complement the care given by registered nurses.

The 2 year programme includes ward based learning and academic study at Bradford University with support from onsite clinical tutors.  The programme gives trainees clear career progression with access to high quality training and education.

Nationally over 1,000 nursing associates will begin training in 2017, with 11 sites chosen to deliver the first wave of training. Following huge interest in the role, another 1,000 training places have also been created across the country.

The Airedale trainees will be based on the Acute Medical Unit and neonatal unit and on the elderly care and stroke wards.  Once qualified the nursing associates will provide invaluable support to the registered nurses and will be able to support them with duties such as care planning and medicines administration.

A number of the trainees were already employed by the hospital as health care support workers and this has given them an opportunity to progress in their career.

28 year old trainee Nicole Crabtree has worked on the children’s ward at the hospital for 8 years as a senior health care support worker and has also worked as a play leader in the emergency department. 

Nicole says; “I am very excited about the course.  I’ve done some training every year since I’ve been at the hospital and I have always wanted to progress and develop – so when this came up the timing was perfect.”

42 year old trainee Helen Coates has been a health care support worker at the hospital for 4 years.  Helen has a particular interest in dementia care and has also been a member of Dementia Friendly Keighley for 2 years.

Helen says: “This just seemed a natural progression for me and was a step up.  I love my job but I want to move further in the role and I’m really looking forward to the studying and the academic side of the course.”

Jill Asbury, interim director of nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“We are delighted to welcome our trainees to this new programme which gives them an exciting opportunity to progress in their career if they so choose.  The course will develop their knowledge and clinical skills to support and complement their nurse led teams. This is part of our future plan to continually modernise and transform our workforce to meet the needs of our patients, and provide a team of staff who can provide excellent, compassionate care, putting our patients at the centre.

As these trainees are the in the first wave we are also in a unique position to work with them to develop the programme for the future.”

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