Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship
School of study
School of Health and Social Work
- Part Time, 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
GCSE: English Language and Mathematics at grade 4/C or above, or a University of Hertfordshire accepted equivalent qualification.
The normal entry requirements for the programme are 48 UCAS points made up of at least two A-Level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC National, NVQ) or an Access to HIgher Education qualification.
In the absence of formal academic qualification, applicants with more than one year's work experience as a health care support worker (or equivalent) will also be considered, who can demonstrate at interview an ability to study at this level.
All Offers will be subject to the applicants' demonstration of the NHS constitution's Values and Behaviours', satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the government website.
Applicants must be:
- In current employment as a healthcare support worker (Band 2, 3, or 4) and working under the supervision of a registered nurse/practitioner.
- Working currently in a healthcare environment in either the NHS or private, voluntary or independent sector for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
- Supported by their employer who must provide:
- An employer's reference in support of the application;
- Evidence from their employer confirming that the student can be released from work duties to attend place of study one day a week for scheduled classes;
- Evidence confirming availability of a mentor (apprenticeship requirement)/Practice Assessor / Practice Supervisor support;
- Evidence that satisfactory (i) occupational health clearance and (ii) the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) clearance have been undertaken prior to the commencement of the programme;
- Confirmation of content of mandatory training and date completed.
The recruitment process consists of short-listing followed by a selection day comprising an English and numeracy test and a values based interview. The interview panel will normally include a Trust and an Academic member of staff. Succesful applicants will demonstrate:
- The potential to manage work and study commitments;
- A commitment to the NHS constitution's 'Values and Behaviours';
- An ability to discuss current health care issues;
- An interest in broadening and building on prior experiences;
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies and Regulations for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes (in UPR SA03), along with associated procedures. These will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).
About the course
Apprenticeship Standard: Nursing Associate
Final Award: FdSc Health Care Practice
The Nursing Associate is a new nursing occupation, introduced into the health and care workforce to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. This programme functions as both a stand-alone, as well as a progression route into the Registered Nurse role.
Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Associates will work as part of the nursing team supporting registered nurses and delivering and monitoring care. They will have gained a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set to enable them to serve local health populations covering pre-life to the end of life.
The nursing associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and carers, providing holistic care and supporting the registered nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.
Eligible applicants can attend an event to support their preparation
Why choose this course?
- Nursing Associates will have the ability to provide quality patient care to people of all ages in a wide variety of health and social care settings
- Students on our programme will benefit from a variety of placement experiences which will enhance their skills set.
- Access to simulation facilities at the University as part of your learning will, enhance your real-world experience.
What will I study?
Nursing Associates are expected to attend University one day per week for 45 weeks of the year, and they also have three six-eight week placement blocks during the academic year.
We’ll teach you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a safe, accountable and proficient nursing associate. From technical skills like taking blood pressure and an ECG to learning how to effectively communicate with patients, families and carers. You’ll learn how to prioritise and manage your own case load to meet patient’s needs safely and effectively. Every step of the way, you’ll benefit from constructive professional feedback. By learning how to evaluate your own delivery of care, you’ll become an extremely knowledgeable, reflective and self-aware practitioner.
Together, we’ll explore theories and current research, which you’ll use to provide evidence-based care. We’ll teach you about all areas of care such as hygiene, nutrition and how to prevent infection. You’ll gain an understanding of how to deal effectively with safeguarding issues relating to vulnerable adults or children.
This programme is delivered part-time over a course of 24 months. We offer a blended learning approach, which includes lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and clinical placements. We’ll encourage you to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning. There’s a range of assessment methods too, including essay assignments, simulated practical assignments, scenario-based presentations and professional discussions. This inspired approach to teaching and assessment, gives you a stimulating learning environment to thrive in.
Module Credits Compulsory/optional An Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Team Working 15 Credits Compulsory Communication and Relationship Management Skills 15 Credits Compulsory Person Centred Care 1 30 Credits Compulsory Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care 15 Credits Compulsory Promoting Health and Wellbeing 15 Credits Compulsory The Professional Role of the Nursing Associate 15 Credits Compulsory Academic Study Skills for Nursing Associates 15 Credits Compulsory
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Person Centred Care 2 30 Credits Compulsory The Evidence Base for Care Delivery 30 Credits Compulsory Integrated Care for Nursing Associates 30 Credits Compulsory Health and Wellbeing for Nursing Associates 15 Credits Compulsory Accountability and Preparing for Practice 15 Credits Compulsory Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship: End Point Assessment 0 Credits Compulsory
The Nursing Associate role is a professional role regulated by the professional and regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
On successful completion of the programme of study the Nursing Associate will be eligible to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register and there is an opportunity for progress onto the BSc in Nursing degree and apply for any field.
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