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Four health care assistants who secured Nursing Associate places as part of new national pilot have started their first placement

5th May 2017 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Four healthcare assistants in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been successfully recruited onto a new national training pilot programme and have begun their first placement this month. nurse assoc reception webLeicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG are supporting the four practices where healthcare staff have been successfully recruited, placing them at the forefront of developing a new wave of primary care nursing. This exciting new role offers career opportunities for our healthcare assistant colleagues, focuses on providing person-centred care and enables our registered nurses to lead care teams and support more complex care. As the trainee roles are being tested in a variety of health and care settings, nursing associates will have wider opportunities and more flexibility to move between acute, social and community and primary care Healthcare assistants and clinical support staff looking to develop their skills into a Nursing Associate role were encouraged to apply for one of only 250 places across the East Midlands. The following four were successful and will start their placements in May.

  • Michelle Wiersin, Victoria Park Health Centre (Leicester Royal Infirmary)
  • Krishna Anand, Beaumont Leys Health Centre (Leicester General Hospital)
  • Muzaffar Christi, The Melbourne Centre (Leicester General Hospital)
  • Rebecca Dilley, Jubilee Medical Practice, Syston (Leicester Royal Infirmary)

The four trainees on the Nursing Associate Training programme will remain employed at the GP practice, where they currently work but take part in three, five week placements over the next two years of the programme. These placements will be in a hospital, mental health setting or external healthcare organisation such as LOROS.  One day a week is dedicated to academic learning delivered by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, supported by DeMontfort University. The two year training programme leading to a Foundation Degree will be undertaken at the Leicestershire School of Nursing Associates based at the Glenfield Hospital. Patients will benefit from contact with the trained nurses who will not only just look after their medical observations but they will have a specialist interest in more holistic care, such as their social, physical, environmental and mental health needs when assessing and planning their patients care to prevent and manage poor health. The course will eventually be monitored and accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and funded by Health Education England. Wendy Hope, Lead Nurse Clinical Governance at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is an exciting role new role that will be regulated by the Nursing & Midwifery Council that will work alongside the registered nurse, complementing the multidisciplinary workforce in caring for the current and future needs of patients.” Michelle Wiersin, Trainee Nursing Associate at Victoria Park Health Centre, Leicester, started the programme in January. She said: “I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in the Nursing Associate pilot and believe it is a great stepping stone in helping me towards my nursing registration. I am also excited as the role will take me out on placements to different areas of work such as Leicester’s Hospitals, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust or LOROS so this will be really interesting for me to see other sides of working in the NHS.” The four successful candidates join 250 other health professionals across the East Midlands and 2000 in the UK taking part in the pilot. Each practice has been provided with a grant of £10,000 for the two year period to cover the fees of the student’s course and ongoing training needs.

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