Deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings guide

This guide is designed to assist employers and commissioners in understanding how nursing associates may be deployed. See how current registered nursing associates are working in different settings and how the scope of practice can differ depending on the team and situation.


This guide will support employers, commissioners and registered nursing associates to:

  • understand of the role of a registered nursing associate
  • gain a detailed understanding of what to consider when thinking of including the role in different social care settings
  • consider and encourage review or the creation of a detailed workforce plan
  • consider the role in light of integrated services and partnerships in a long term plan
  • emplore key regulations and a range of suggestions to consider when implementing this role in a social care setting.

Who's the guide for?

  • Social care employers - strengthen your understanding of how the nursing associate role can fit into your organisation and the relationship between a nursing associate and a registered nurse and the differences in their responsibilities. The guide also details which regulatory frameworks you need to understand.

  • Commisioners - understanding of what the nursing associate role is and how it fits into different organisations and settings, which in turn will enable you to support providers in the design of the workforce. 

  • Registered nursing associates - gain insight into the communication and relationship management skills expected of a nursing associate working in social care and will also improve your understanding of the procedures that need to be undertaken. 

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