Funding may extend further to support the pledge of 50,000 more registered nurses.
Nursing associates or assistant practitioners wanting to become registered nurses are being offered the chance to have their study fully-funded.
Health Education England (HEE) has announced funding for the full two years of the nursing associate or assistant practitioner to registered nurse ‘top-up’ degrees.
The role of a nursing associate is a relatively new one, designed to help bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses.
Up to 420 new ‘top-up’ apprentices starting in the 2020 financial year will benefit from the funding which will enable employers to support nursing associates and assistant practitioners to train to become registered nurses without the financial burden of student loans.
50,000 more nurses.
It is anticipated that the funding may extend further over the next four years to support the government’s pre-election promise of 50,000 more nurses.
This funding follows the announcement of funding for registered nurse degree apprenticeships made last month, which will enable healthcare employers to take on up to 2,000 nurse degree apprentices every year over the next four years.
“This much needed funding will help provide the next generation of nurses and supports the Government’s ambition to deliver 50,000 across the NHS.”