CPFT chosen to lead ground-breaking nursing programme

Delight as successful bid with university and health partners is approved by Health Education England

CPFT chosen to lead ground-breaking nursing programme
12 October 2016

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has been chosen to lead a ground-breaking nursing programme.

Health Education England has today announced that CPFT will be one of 11 Trusts across the country to deliver the training of 2,000 nursing associates.

Nursing associates will work alongside fully-qualified registered nurses and existing care support workers. The new role will offer improved opportunities for support staff to progress into nursing roles.

CPFT led a successful bid to pilot the programme in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area working alongside Anglia Ruskin University which will provide the academic training and health partners Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust, and private provider Peterborough Care.

CPFT will be recruiting 15 nursing associate trainees to take part in the first two-year training programme which will begin in December. The other partners in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will recruit a total of 21 nursing associates.

Melanie Coombes, Director of Nursing and Quality for CPFT (above top right), said: “I am delighted that our application has been chosen to pilot this exciting scheme for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. This is a major step forward in the training and development of nurses which will benefit our workforce and, most importantly, benefit the people we care for.”

Stephen Legood, Director of People and Workforce Development, (above bottom right) said: “A lot of hard work has taken place to ensure Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is at the forefront of the recruitment and development of these new nursing associate roles.

“The staff who become nursing associates will be very welcome additions to our frontline health and social care teams.”

Across the country, 1,000 nursing associates will begin their training this year with Health Education England announcing a further 1,000 trainee places will follow.

In total, Health Education England received 48 applications from health care employers and education providers to become “test sites”.

Professor Lisa Bayliss Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality, HEE, said: “I am delighted with the high level of interest and the quality of the applications received.

“It shows that there is a real appetite for helping to deliver this new role which we believe can provide a real benefit to the nursing and care workforce across a range of settings and play a key role in the delivery of patient care with safety at its heart.

“I would like to express my personal thanks to everyone who has shown interest in becoming a test site.”

CPFT already recruits and trains nurses in a variety of ways including a highly-successful student nurse training programme run in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin University.


For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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