Grantham Journal column: I welcome new nursing associates to the hospital

John Boulton
John Boulton

At a time when the NHS is under extreme pressure and is also having to cope with a significant shortage of registered nurses, it is incredibly exciting that Lincolnshire was successful in their bid to take part in the pilot for the training of care staff in the new nursing associate role.

The role of the nursing associate is being shaped in the health community and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which will be responsible for their regulation and was developed to free up nurses’ time and help plug recruitment gaps.

There have been 27 trainees start the programme in February with ULHT and it is really exciting that Grantham Hospital has recently welcomed three of the trainee nursing associates.

They have already spent their first two weeks at the University of Lincoln and have now joined our teams working on ward 1, ward 2 and MEAU at Grantham.

I hope you will join me in welcoming them to ULHT and wishing them the very best.

The training programme is full-time over two years. It’s a practice based programme with academic input from the University of Lincoln.

The trainees spend a day a week in the classroom with the other four days in practice, learning hands-on alongside ward staff. Grantham, as well as Boston and Lincoln, are part of a Lincolnshire-wide team supporting this initiative along with our other health and social care provider colleagues.

Grantham is not alone when it comes to recruitment challenges and I know all our wards and departments have been doing all they can to help, but the new nursing associate role is a really important development in care delivery in our hospital and we look forward to seeing the end result.