Welcome to our new nursing associates

News: Nursing Associates

Congratulations to our first cohort of nursing associates who, after two years of hard work, have qualified in this new and exciting role.

Nick Byhurst, Teddi Knight, Ruth Fortune, Imelda Musa, Jackie Pope and Shanna Wicanowski are now flying the flag for the role at Oxleas which has been implemented to bridge a gap in skills and knowledge between healthcare assistants and registered nurses.

This first cohort enrolled at the University of Greenwich in April 2017 – another 17 are in training and will qualify over the next couple of years.

Nursing associates are members of our nursing team who provide care and support for patients, working with people of all ages and in a variety of settings, allowing registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical duties.

It is a stand-alone role that provides a progression route into graduate level nursing and is being regulated in England by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Jane Wells, Director of Nursing, said: "Our first qualifying nursing associates bring an impressive wealth of skills, talent and experiences to their dynamic new role. It has been a privilege to share their growth and passion for the role throughout their training. In recognising their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment, we also thank the unfaltering support of their mentors and teams. It is a delight to celebrate and welcome them into our teams as accountable professionals."

Ruth Fortune said: "What I enjoyed about the course was the learning and development, growing as a person and increasing my knowledge. I also made some wonderful friends."

Published on 4th April 2019