The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) will embark on an Urgent and Emergency Care Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Partnership with Huddersfield University after the innovative idea secured £100,000 funding from Health Education England (HEE) in April 2020. This new course will help to expand and transform the health service workforce

The University already delivers highly successful apprenticeship courses for the training of nursing associates. This new two-year nursing associate apprenticeship course will focus on the Urgent and Emergency care agenda.  This new nursing role will be a key member of the multidisciplinary health and care team under the supervision of registered nurses to deliver flexible care across a wide variety of settings.  The first cohort will be recruited by 14th December 2020, enabling a new course to be launched at the start of 2021.

Meeting local need. With a recognised shortage of nursing staff across all settings some health and social care roles have not evolved as quickly as the landscape and there has been less focus on the foundation/entry level roles and how these could be utilised to assist in service provision across urgent and emergency care settings.  

Course ambitions. This exciting new course will allow candidates to draw on the ethos ‘learning together, working together’;  as unique rotational work-based learning will span across health and social care settings across the wider Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) pathway including; Social Care, Emergency Departments, community-based UEC settings, primary and community care.

Increased Integration. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need to create greater Integration between health and social care. Such Initiatives can also help assist in creating a more sustainable workforce.

WATCH the Local Employers *Virtual Stakeholder Event* 

A virtual stakeholder event took place on Microsoft Teams on Monday 29th June, 12 noon – 2pm . This outlined the course (including entry requirements & learning commitments), the incentives for employers and the positive benefits for employees across the Health and Care sector. The session was recorded and you can watch it by scrolling down the page. 

Following an initial stakeholder event we have been continuing discussions with those employers that have indicated an interest in pursuing this opportunity. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this initiative further with any potentail CQC registered employer.  We have arranged a number of drop-in sessions that will be taking place over 'Microsoft Teams' throughout August to facilitate discussions between stakeholders and the programme team. Expressions of interest are required no later than 31 August 2020.

Drop in session schedule:

11:00 – 12:00 Friday 7th August  

14:00 - 15:00 Friday 14th August  

14:00 – 15:00 Friday 21st August 

14:00 – 15:00 Friday 28th  August 

Please email bobbi.phillips2@nhs.net if you wish to join any of the above sessions. 

GP Practices 100% reimbursement for nursing associate role (added 25.08.20) 

In a letter to practices, Primary Care Networks and CCGs on 11 August, it has been confirmed by NHSEI that a further additional role has been added to the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme  (ARRS) for PCNs from 1 October 2020. This is to mirror the People Plan 2020/21 to expand the primary care workforce as an immediate priority for all systems. Further details here.  

Supporting documents/Information  

Proposal document for the Urgent and Emergency Care, Nusing Associate Programme (added 25.08.20)

GP Practices 100% reimbursement for nursing associate role (added 25.08.20)

Frequently asked questions from support sessions 1 & 2 (added 25.08.20) 

Frequently asked questions from the event  (added 18.08.20) 

Illustrative Case study for the Urgent and Emergency Care, Nursing Associate Programme (added 18.08.20) 

Course Flyer: Foundation Degree: Nursing Associate (Apprenticeship) Urgent and Emergency Care

Urgent and Emergency Care, Nursing Associate Programme: Course Overview Slide 

Read how this partnership is bridging the gap between urgent and emergency care services and social care (added 18.08.20) 

Clinical Educator Urgent and Emergency Care (Band 6) Job Advert (added 15.09.20)