Council of Deans of Health raises concerns about nursing associate role

26 May 2016

The Council of Deans of Health has expressed concern over Health Education England’s (HEE) proposed plans to develop a new nursing associate role.

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council, representing UK university faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:

“The range of issues set out in the summary of the consultation responses shows not only the persistent concerns that this role will dilute the number of registered nurses but that many fundamental questions about this new role are still unanswered, not least the overlap with existing roles working at equivalent levels.”

“Although educators will be key stakeholders for discussions on future curricula, rushing towards a January 2017 deadline is unwise. Given the patient safety implications and the potential impact on UK-wide regulation, which the response does not address, developing a role like this will take longer and be more complex than the response suggests.”



Notes to editors:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information:
  2. Building Capacity to Care and Capability to Treat: A new team member for Health and Social Care in England was published by HEE on 26 May 2016.

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