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Flying start for Trainee Nurse Associates

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Director of Nursing and Quality, Dean Howells, praised the dedication and hard work of our Trainee Nurse Associates when he spent time with them on Thursday.

The eight TNAs complete the first year of their training in December and then have another year to go before qualifying as Band 4 Nurse Associates.

Dean commented during the visit: “I am hugely impressed with their enthusiasm and their focus on patient-centred care. I am really excited to see the progress they have made in such a short time and will be keeping in close touch with them all as they enter the second and final year of their training.”

Practice Development Nurse, Harriet Cross, meets regularly with the cohort to help them with any issues during their training. She said: “This is such a challenging course, as they work full time as an employee in their hub placements, as well as completing blocks of theory at Middlesex University. On top of that, they have to study in their free time, so I have huge respect for their dedication and commitment.”

As well as working within teams at C&I, the TNAs complete nine spoke placements in different care settings, such as a hospice of GP surgery, giving them experience in other fields of nursing.

Dean said: “This a really rewarding training programme which leads to a highly marketable nurse associate qualification at the end. After that, the possibilities are huge in terms of a long, interesting and rewarding career. A massive well done to them all for coming so far and good luck to them all over the coming months.”

C&I was one of the Trusts that participated in the pilot for the TNA programme in England & Wales which started in 2017, with the first cohort of three Nurse Associates qualifying in January this year. The next cohort of 10 will start their training in December.

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