Role Description & Competencies: Nursing Associate

Nursing associates are trained to work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. The role is a new generic nursing role in England that bridges the gap between health and care support workers and registered nurses, to deliver hands-on care for patients as part of the nursing team. The nursing associate role is regulated in England by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and can also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing.

What are the benefits of having a Nursing Associate in the team? 

  • Builds capacity in the nursing workforce and supports nurses & the wider multidisciplinary team to focus on more complex clinical duties
  • Provides a wider skill mix within multidisciplinary teams
  • Provides development opportunities for staff in bands 1-4
  • Strengthens the supply of registered nurses through qualified nursing associates undertaking further training to become nurses.

What can a Nursing Associate do in General Practice?

The Nursing Associate will be on the NMC register.

A few of the skills that the Nursing Associate will be able to safely demonstrate are:

  • Venepuncture
  • Height, weight & BMI checks
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Blood pressure checks
  • ECGs
  • Wound care
  • Measure & interpret blood glucose levels
  • Effectively share information and check understanding about long term conditions.

What are Nursing Associates trained to do? 

The NMC has developed and published standards of proficiency for Nursing Associates. These standards set out the knowledge, competencies, professional values and behaviours expected of a qualified, registered Nursing Associate. These standards help employers understand what Nursing Associates can bring to patient care. 

Download the Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates (NMC) here: 

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