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Apprentice nursing associates

Nursing Associates (ANA) are a highly trained, generic, nursing support role in England designed to bridge the gap between Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) to deliver hands-on, person centered care as part of the nursing team.

This is an exciting development opportunity for our healthcare support worker workforce to build on and develop their skills and knowledge through the Apprentice Nursing Associate (ANA) apprenticeship.

Apprentice Nursing Associates:

  • Work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a registered nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan.
  • Like Registered Nurses, join the Nursing Midwifery Council Register (NMC) and on successful completion of the apprenticeship, and registration with the NMC, apprentices are promoted to a band 4 nursing associate.
  • Whilst in training, rotate to work in a range of clinical specialties to gain as much experience as possible across different age groups to cover the lifespan of a patient.

The nursing associate apprenticeship pathway offers:

  • Permanent employment
  • University course fees paid by CUH
  • Paid leave for academic study and practice placement
  • Support throughout your employment and training
  • Promotion to a nursing associate (band 4) position following registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

The nursing associate apprenticeship contains an educational Level 5, foundation degree training programme which typically lasts two years.  Apprentice nursing associates commence full time as Healthcare Support Workers (37.5 hours per week) to gain experience, knowledge and achievement of the National Care Certificate within three months of starting, after this the apprenticeship starts.

There is also access to further development including advancement to a registered nurse position through Degree Top-Up of the nursing degree apprenticeship pathway; more information is available about this route on this website.

New cohorts commence every January.  Upon commencement of the university place you will continue to work clinically for 22.5 hours per week and 15 hours per week will be in study and practice placements. There will also be some block release placements to broaden experience and knowledge.  The programme duration is 2 years.

Interested in this apprenticeship?

You can find out more about this on the FAQs below and a nice you-tube clip to watch YouTube

You can contact the nursing apprenticeship team:

Currently access to this development route is available to internal candidates only.  If you are interested in this route you can apply for a Healthcare Support Worker role and have an opportunity to apply as an internal candidate.  You can find out about vacancies for healthcare support workers on our current vacancies page; these posts are usually advertised on a monthly basis.

Frequently asked questions

What does the role of a apprentice nursing associate involve?

The apprentice nursing associate role is  rewarding, challenging, provides job satisfaction as well as a stepping stone to undertaking further study for those that would like to become a registered nurse.

You will work as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team. In this role you will be working closely with people who may be unwell or require additional support or have different needs to people you might normally interact with.  You will have good team working skills because people you work with will rely on you, as you will rely on them, for help, guidance and support.  Colleagues will rely on you to turn up to your shifts on time, to be organised, to act in a professional manner, keep calm under pressure and to treat those you come into contact with courtesy and respect.  Working in a caring role means you will often need to help people with hygiene needs, touching as part of care and handling bodily waste.  It is important you consider how you might feel about this when you think about applying for the nursing associate pathway, as it is a crucial element of the role.

We understand that before making the decision to apply it is important to do your homework – to get a ‘feel’ for the job, the organisation you’re thinking of joining and to decide “is this really for me?” You can research this role in more detail from the following websites

Benefits of the nursing associate apprenticeship?
  • Permanent employment
  • University course fees paid by CUH
  • Paid leave for academic study and practice placement
  • Support throughout your employment and training
  • Promotion to a Nursing Associate (Band 4) position
  • A career pathway working and learning in one of the most vibrant, innovative and exciting NHS Trusts in the country
What hours do trainee nursing associates work?

This is not a 9 to 5 job. As a hospital, we provide a 24/7 service. Our clinical staff, including HCSWs, need to work to meet the needs of our patients, so are expected to work a variety of shift patterns including days, nights, weekends and public/bank holidays. You may be expected to work long days, short days or a combination of the two.

It is important that you understand you will be required to work on a rota, doing shifts that will include days, nights and weekends.  This ensures you learn how to provide care as our patients’ needs change across a normal day.

What does the Nursing Associate apprenticeship involve?
  • A programme of 24 months duration
  • Working as a apprentice nursing associate for 22.5 hours per week and as a university student for 15 hours per week
  • An expectation of additional study in your own time
How long will it take to become a nursing associate?

Upon commencement on the university place the programme lasts 24 months.  Promotion to the apprentice nursing associate role will be subject to registration with the NMC

What will my salary package be?

The pay for this role combines the NHS Pay Band 2 based on the employee’s current pay point and the CUH Career Apprenticeship Career Pathway pay rate. The details of the salary are detailed before commencement of the programme.

There is paid leave for academic study and practice placement and your university course fees are paid directly by CUH.

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