On 16th October the Department of Health has took steps to allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council to regulate nursing associates in England, under a consultation launched on the amendments to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.
The nursing associate role is being developed to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses in England. The role has been developed to meet specific needs of the English nursing workforce and the decision to regulate the role in England has been based on the specific risk profile of nursing associates in England. The other UK health departments are planning to assess how the role is implemented and utilised in England before making any decision to extend regulation of nursing associate into their respective countries.
The nursing associate is a new role which allows existing health and care staff or new recruits to train whilst in work and at university, supporting those who may not be able to give up work to study full-time at university. The nursing associate role can also provide a new route into nursing through a shortened degree programme which recognises experience and learning gained in their training.
There are currently 2,000 nursing associates training at pilot sites across England. To ensure these trainees can be regulated under the changes when they qualify, the Nursing and Midwifery Council will aim to open the register in January 2019.
The below link will direct you to the:-
Consultation on the Draft Legislation to Regulate Nursing Associates in England.