Thousands more nursing associates will join the health service next few years.
More than 1,000 nursing associates have joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register since January.
The role, designed to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses was announced by the Government in 2016, developed by Health Education England (HEE) and is now regulated by the NMC.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council claims the role has proved popular with people wanting to further their career and as an alternative route to become a registered nurse.
In March, HEE said it intended to spend an additional £42 million this year on increasing the number of nursing associates, aiming to train 45,000 by 2027.
Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC, said: “I’m thrilled to celebrate this 1000th milestone – at a time when the contribution of all nursing and midwifery professionals is so vital in meeting the needs of people who rely and depend on great health and care services.
“Having had the pleasure of meeting many nursing associates, and students, across the country so far, I know how incredibly proud they are of their ability to make a difference for people – and I love seeing their dedication and enthusiasm for providing truly, holistic care.
“As trainees finish their courses I look forward to seeing more nursing associates joining the register and this wonderful new group of staff continue to grow, and be supported in their work, long into the future.”
‘A crucial and unique role.’
Health Minister, Stephen Hammond added: “I’m delighted that so many nursing associates are now helping people and patients across the country and I hope to see thousands more join the health and care system in the coming years.
“Nursing associates have a crucial and unique role to play in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan by providing excellent, safe care to people and patients, and allowing nurses to focus on more specialised areas of treatment.
“That 1,000 nursing associates have now registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council represents a significant milestone for this burgeoning workforce and our decision to make this role a regulated profession is recognition of the huge contribution they make to people and patients across healthcare settings.”