Health minister Philip Dunne visits Queen’s Hospital, Romford

Health minister Philip Dunne visits Queen's Hospital's trainee nursing associates

Health minister Philip Dunne visits Queen's Hospital's trainee nursing associates - Credit: Queen's Hospital

Health minister Philip Dunne visited Queen’s Hospital in Romford this week to meet a group of trainee nurses.

His visits corresponds to the launch of a national programme, which helps health care assistants acquire the necessary training to become nursing associates.

Reporting to nurses, the new position is aimed to provide an alternative root into nursing.

A group of 30 people have started the two-year programme at Queen’s Hospital and they will deliver frontline care mentored by senior nurses while continuing to train at the London South bank University one day a week.

Mr Dunne said: “It was fantastic to meet those staff at Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals who were successfully recruited to start on the new nursing associate programme.


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“I was impressed by their enthusiasm and dedication, in particular how they see this new role as opening a fresh chapter in developing fulfilling careers in the NHS. “

Chief Nurse at the trust Kathryn Halford said “This is a fantastic opportunity to tackle some of the challenges of attracting more people into the nursing profession.

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“I believe the nursing associate role offers a new chance for people to access nursing, opening doors which they might have felt were closed to them.”

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