Denise Baker, Head of Pre-Qualifying Healthcare at the University of Derby
The University of Derby is one of the first eleven cohorts of nursing associates in the UK. Later cohorts have been termed fast followers and now we have in the region of 2,000 trainee nursing associates in England, 125 of whom are at Derby. As part of a wider review of development of the nursing workforce, the associate role was proposed as one which would free up registered nurses to concentrate on more complex cases. The associate role is also seen as a route into nursing, allowing experienced support workers access to the registered nurse role if that’s appropriate.