Nursing associates, their employers and people from supporting organisations are starring in a series of films designed to highlight the positive impact of this new role in adult social care.
Skills for Care is promoting the films to support the sector in increasing the number of nursing associates as the number of people with complex health needs increases, and a new approach to care is needed.
Dr Jane Townson, the CEO of United Kingdom Homecare Association said at a recent conference that the growing demand for home care means that providers are finding the complexity of needs is increasing, as they are looking after people for much longer.
But this brings new job opportunities in complex and live-in care. “There is a huge variety of employers and a wide variety of roles in home care,” she said.
The nursing associate role is designed to bridge the gap between a care assistant and a registered nurse, and free up the time of the registered nurse to work at the upper limits of their registration.
The role creates a new career pathway for care staff and Emily Gillott talks in one film (below) about how she used that route to become a registered nursing associate at Drovers Call Care Home.
“Before I became a registered nursing associate, I started here as a care assistant and worked my way up through senior carer, and then the nursing associate post came about,” she said.
“The course itself has helped me massively. I didn’t have the qualifications to begin with to go on and do my nursing degree straight away, so this is like a stepping stone to get me to where I want to be. I’m enjoying the role and seeing how it develops.”