South Devon College has become the first NMC training provider for the nursing associate programme.

The nursing associate role was formalised in 2019 to help to bridge the gap between health care assistants and registered nurses in England only, as well as offering new career development opportunities to thousands of future nursing associates. 

Since the creation of the role, our approved education institutions (AEIs) have trained 4,100 nursing associates in England. To support the growth in popularity, there has been a number of FE colleges partner with universities to deliver the nursing associate programme, where the university provides the award. But this is the first time the NMC has approved a FE college to run this type of course in its own right.

Dr Alexander Rhys, Assistant Director of Professional Practice, said:

“This is a fantastic step for both South Devon College and the NMC in helping aspiring professionals achieve the nursing associate qualification in the most safe and effective way possible. I hope they will be the first of many colleges seeking direct approval to run a nursing associate programme.

“We look forward to working with the College and to welcome their future cohorts of students to register with us.”

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