The University of Plymouth has been named Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year 2022 in the Student Nursing Times Awards.
Held at Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane, the awards celebrate excellence across all specialities of nursing and education. Taking the award after being nominated for the second year running, the programme was praised for its strong focus on improving patient safety through promoting high quality person-centred holistic care, underpinned by research-based practice.
Plymouth launched its Nursing Associate programme back in 2018, following the introduction of the role to the NHS in 2016. The government had announced that the role would bridge the gap between unregulated healthcare assistants and registered nurses, and it was developed by Health Education England (HEE).
The popular higher apprenticeship at Plymouth enables employers within the region to develop their staff whilst building capacity and capability within their teams. Employees can continue in paid employment whilst working towards the academic qualification at the same time, and which leads to eligibility for entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register upon successful completion of the programme.