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Trainee Nursing Associate


We are continuing to support Trainee Nursing Associates through the University of Brighton apprenticeship programme.

There are two cohorts each year: February and September

The new role of the Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of healthcare settings.

The ‘Shape of Caring’ review recommended the role of the Nursing Associate due to identified need within the NHS. Its vision is designed to enable organisations to bridge the gap between Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurses. Once qualified, the Nursing Associates will deliver care, releasing Registered Nurses to spend more time using their skills and knowledge focusing on complex clinical-duties and leading decisions in patient care management. They will work within teams with both direct and indirect supervision to deliver the aspects of nursing care, complementing the work of Registered Nurses but not replacing them. This is designed to ultimately enhance models of working for patient care provision and increasing skill mix capacity across healthcare professions.

Upon successful completion of this course the candidate will be an NMC registered Nursing Associate at band 4.

Click below to download the NMC regulation of Nursing Associates comparison to Registered Nurses

Click below to download the Registered Nurse Associate Clinical Skills Document


An NMC regulated level 5 foundation degree in health and social care practice.

Course Duration

24 months to include 1 day a week attendance at the Univeristy of Brighton.


The programme requires 675 hours of placement time. The TNA will begin in their home location and then have two placements of 5 weeks during their first year and two placements of 6 weeks and 7 weeks in their second year. Some of this placement time may be in other Trusts within a 30 mile radius.

Placements need to cover 4 categories:

  • In hospital
  • At home
  • Close to home
Eligibility Criteria

An application form signed off by both Ward/Department Manager and Matron.

Maths and English GCSE at grade C/level 4 or above


Functional skills level 2 in both English and Maths

With one of the following:

  • Access course to Healthcare Professions
  • Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship level 3
  • NVQ in health and social care level 3
  • 2 x A’Levels
Programme Information

Course Planners

September 2019

February 2020

September 2020

Standards of Proficiency

Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Assciates (October 2018)

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

Education Campus Reception

01737 231722

SASH Education Campus
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Trust Headquarters
East Surrey Hospital

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