Five trainee nursing associates have now qualified after a two year pilot programme at Airedale hospital.
The newly qualified nursing associates celebrated with the director and deputy director of nursing, senior nurse practice development, head of midwifery, director of HR, chief executive and other colleagues who helped support the apprenticeship programme, and enjoyed a specially iced cake.
Airedale was one of 11 sites chosen nationally to deliver the first wave of this new training programme in January 2017. The first wave of associates have now qualified, with further trainees being taken on in new intakes three times a year.
Jill Asbury, director of nursing, said “The nursing associates who started this programme two years ago were trailblazers for the country in undertaking this training scheme. They have patiently and confidently undertaken all parts of the training and their hard work has paid off – and they’ve qualified.
“A huge thank you to the nursing associates and all colleagues who helped to make this a success – we’re really proud of all of you.”
As nursing associates, the newly qualified trainees can now deliver a new type of care worker position with the skills to assist, support and complement the care given by registered nurses.
In addition to local celebrations, there was a celebration of the new nursing associate profession at an event in parliament on 6 February. All 2017 training locations were represented.
Nicola, one of Airedale’s nursing associates, was invited to the event in London: “They needed someone to represent the West Yorkshire Partnership at the event in Parliament so I volunteered and got selected; I was really excited to be there.”