Nurse Associates enjoy training at CHFT

Our NAs with Michelle, left and Lindsay and Lindsay, second right and right


Our Trust is proud to be  taking part in one of the pilot sites for the new Nurse Associates roles.

This was a collaborative bid with our partners in the CCGs at North Kirklees, Greater Huddersfield and Wakefield to test out the new role and were delighted to emerge as one of HEE’s 24 sites nationally. This innovative bid brought together health and social care organisations in a joint vision of shaping our future workforce to be flexible and meet the needs of our patients.  The aim is to bridge the gap between HCAs and registered nurses and provided further support o our qualified nurses and key is enhancing the quality of care this new role will provide.

We  have now welcomed the first intake who have enrolled for the course which is a mixture of on-ward learning and a day a week at Uni. It is rotational so they all also have experience at various health settings which makes up the partnership of this pilot which includes primary care, community care, mental health and care homes with the option to enhance learning through placements such as hospices and with the ambulance service . 

The cohort, 23 in total, is made up of  mainly healthcare assistants (five are  from CHFT) and others from our primary care and social care partners including Locala, social services and primary care. The five at CHFT are based on the MAU, SAU and Wards 8 and 17. The University education is provided by Sheffield University who visit the centres  to deliver the educational aspect - as they did on the day this photo was taken. (rather than expecting all individuals to trek to Sheffield) The session at our Learning Centre focussed on nutrition.


The aim is to offer the opportunity for further  development and at the end of two years  - in March 2019 -  they will  have attained a Level 5 Foundation Degree – approved and regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The leads at CHFT are deputy Director of Nursing Lindsay Rudge, Lindsay Butterworth and Michelle Balmforth. Quality Improvement Manager Kathryn Brown also represents the CCGs.

Michelle, our head nurse for professional development said: "This is a really great opportunity for our Trust and our partners to help share the future of nursing and develop our staff at the same time."

Kathryn, Quality Improvement Manager at NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are delighted that we have this opportunity to bring our workforce aspirations together in this role.  The nursing associates will work alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients.  The role offers exciting opportunities for health care assistants to progress their career into new nursing roles whilst also providing a high standard of quality care to our patients which will enhance the care given to our patients and will hopefully have a positive impact on patient experience.

“This partnership of providers builds on a strong collaborative foundation between health and social care partners, shaping our future workforce through creating a dynamic, sustainable, fluid and adaptive role which can flourish for the benefit of our patients.