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The Open University (OU) has worked in partnership with healthcare employers for over 15 years, in order to deliver highly successful work-based pre-registration Nursing programmes, for Health Care Support Workers (HCSW’s) The Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship is delivered in collaboration with healthcare employers, in order to support and develop HCSW’s towards achieving registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Nursing Associate.
The Nursing Associate* is a highly trained generic support role within the field of Nursing which acts as a ‘bridge’ between unregulated HCSW’s and Registered Nurses. Nursing Associates are not Nurses because Registered Nurses (RN’s) develop additional skills and knowledge within a specific field of Nursing. Nursing Associates work under the leadership and direction of RN’s to deliver care based on agreed plans.
Nursing Associates will have the breadth of knowledge and a flexible, transferable skills set to serve the health needs of local communities, covering both the full life span and a range of care settings. Nursing Associates need to be adaptable, reliable, and consistent, in addition they are required to demonstrate resilience, self-awareness and leadership skills.
The Open University has an inclusive approach to education so do not set any formal entry requirements, other than those set by the NMC and the Apprenticeships Standards, however employers are free to set their own additional criteria.
With a focus on holistic person-centred care, Nursing Associate Higher Apprentices develop and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills which meet service users’ needs and rights, to be treated with dignity and privacy in a compassionate and caring manner. Based on the Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates (NMC 2018) apprentices study the theory and practice of;
Practice learning takes place across a range of client and age groups and in different health and care settings within hospitals, the community and people’s homes. The apprentice’s work place is the core setting for protected practice learning and they must undertake at least 460 supernumerary hours in external practice placements within other care settings. It is also a requirement that at least 20% of an apprentice’s working week, is dedicated to off the job academic study.
Learning is delivered flexibly around the demands of the work place and requires minimal time away from the workplace, using our tutor-supported, rich media online delivery methods. Learning is accessible 24/7 and can be delivered simultaneously to various locations using tried and tested educational technology.
The Open University provides a range of support to employers in the form of:
*Subject to approval