- acute or community hospitals (across a range of clinical areas)
- community nursing teams
- GP practices.
How to apply
The potential apprentice will be required to complete an Initial Needs Assessment (INA) with the support of their employer and the University to ensure the Apprenticeship programme is an appropriate solution to their skills development needs. On completion of the INA the University will assess the information provided and determine the next steps.
The employer must request the Initial Needs Assessment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both Year 1 and 2 of your pre-registration nursing associate apprenticeship will include six, 20 Credit modules of study, each of which will be academically assessed. Where possible, assessments will be linked to areas of practice you are working in, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your personal learning and development.
You will be supported in practice by a qualified RN / NA Practice Supervisor and continually assessed through a Practice Assessment Document (PAD). This includes evidencing achievement of the NMC (2018) Standards of proficiency for nursing associates, and demonstrating that you are working within the professional values defined within The NMC Code (2018).
To support your PAD, you will also maintain an ePortfolio of Evidence where you will record your reflections on various aspects of professional practice.
In addition to continuous assessment and maintaining an ePortfolio of Evidence, there are also two formal assessment points in practice each academic year. This is to ensure you are applying your newly learned knowledge and skills and this is assessed through two episodes of care and one medicines management assessment. These are undertaken by a qualified RN / NA Practice Assessor
Upon successful completion of the two-year academic programme and when all programme hours have been achieved, you will undertake an ‘End-Point Assessment’ (EPA). This is usually within three months of the University Subject Panel & Award Board. The EPA is provided by an independent External Assessor and will include two, 1-Hour Professional Discussions.
In practice you will be supported by qualified RN / NA Practice Supervisors and many organisations have Practice Educators / Vocational Leads who oversee your learning experience in practice, and arrange placements. The University also conducts 12 weekly Tripartite Reviews with you and your Practice Educator / Vocational Lead, and RN / NA Practice Assessor. This it to ensure that you are supported and meeting the requirements of the programme and making the expected progress. These reviews are arranged for the following weeks in the programme and you will be notified about them, in advance:
On successful completion of the Nursing Associate Foundation Degree, employees may be interested in becoming a registered nurse. The Nursing Degree Apprenticeship is a flexible, work-based route for both new and existing healthcare practitioners.