Deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings guide


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

  • have a clear understanding of the role of a registered nursing associate
  • have a more 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
  • be introduced to key regulations and a range of suggestions to consider when implementing this role in a social care setting.

It includes examples which are designed to assist employers and commissioners in understanding how nursing associates may be deployed. It’s also a great opportunity to 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.

Who is the guide for?

Social care employers

You can use this guide to strengthen your understanding of not only how the nursing associate role can fit into your organisation, but also the relationship between a nursing associate and a registered nurse and the differences in their responsibilities. The examples included will help you to do this as they show how registered nursing associates are working in different settings and how the scope of practice can differ depending on the team and situation. It’s a great opportunity to review your workforce to see where the nursing associate can add value to the care you’re providing. The guide also details which regulatory frameworks you need to understand.

Commissioners

This guide will improve your 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. We hope that this will encourage local dialogue regarding commissioning of nursing services and workforce redesign.

Registered nursing associates

This guide will give you a great insight into how current registered nursing associates are working in different social care settings and how the scope of practice can differ depending on the team and situation. It highlights 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. We hope that this will encourage more nursing associates to choose a career in social care.

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