Skills for Care has launched a new guide to support the deployment of nursing associates in adult social care.
The guide aims to increase awareness of the registered nursing associate role across all relevant parties – employers, commissioners and registered nursing associates – and intends to improve understanding of what the nursing associate role is, how the nursing associate role fits into social care organisations and the differences between a registered nursing associate and a registered nurse and how these two roles can best work together.
The guidance highlights the value that the registered nursing associate role brings to social care teams and aims to encourage nursing associates to choose a career in social care.
It can help registered nursing associates better understand the role and why it may be a career of choice for them by showing examples of how current registered nursing associates are working in different settings and how the scope of practice can differ depending on the team and situation.
The guide highlights the skills expected of a nursing associate working in social care and improves understanding of the procedures which would be undertaken by a nursing associate.
Oonagh Smyth, CEO of Skills for Care, (pictured) said: “I am delighted that our registered nursing associate deployment guidance has been published and I am certain this will provide invaluable support for organisations looking to deploy registered nursing associates within their team, to ensure the best value from this role for the organisation, the registered nursing associate and the people they support.
“Skills for Care has championed the introduction of the registered nursing associate role and we are thrilled to see the positive impact this role has had for many teams across social care.
“Through increased awareness and understanding of the role of registered nursing associate we can encourage more nursing associates to consider a rewarding, person-centred career in social care.”