Briefing for providers: Nursing associates

Page last updated: 12 May 2022
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Published: 28 January 2019

We have provided a briefing about the new role of nursing associate to all health and social care providers in England.

From 28 January 2019, nursing associates can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). If they register, they must meet NMCs Standards of proficiency for nursing associates.

The current challenges facing health and care services require innovative approaches and planning. The new role of nursing associates is intended to bridge a gap between health and care support workers and registered nurses. When employed as part of a team of other healthcare professionals, they can help improve outcomes and experiences for people who use services.

As nursing associates are not registered nurses, providers need to understand the role and how to deploy them appropriately in a way that is safe and supports delivery of high-quality care.

The briefing note includes:

  • links to guidance about this new role and what it means for services
  • what to be aware of under the Health and Social Care Act and specific regulated activities
  • how CQC will consider the new role in our inspection and regulation