Skills for Care

A nursing associate (NA) is a new member of the nursing team in England. This role is designed to help bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses (RN).

'An employer’s guide to the deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings' has been designed to assist employers and commissioners in understanding how nursing associates may be deployed. See how registered nursing associates are working in different settings and how the scope of practice can differ depending on the team and situation.

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The guidance will help you understand of the role of a registered nursing associate, gain an 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 and emplore key regulations and a range of suggestions to consider when implementing this role in a social care setting.


Aimed at

  • 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, as well as the differences in their responsibilities. The guide also details which regulatory frameworks you need to understand.
  • Commissioners - understanding 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 - explore the communication and relationship management skills expected of a nursing associate working in social care while understanding of the procedures that need to be undertaken.