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.

Local Employers *Virtual Stakeholder Event, 29th June, 12 noon -2pm*

A virtual stakeholder event take place on Microsoft Teams on Monday 29th June, 12 noon – 2pm . This will outline the course (including entry requirements & learning commitments), the incentives for employers and the positive benefits for employees across the Health and Care sector. We are  particularly keen for any CQC registered businesses, organisations or agencies  providing any type of adult social care or care home providers to join us to find out more. Please email  to register your interest for the event.

The session will be recorded and will be made available online at a later time.  

Supporting documents 

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

WY&H Urgent and Emergency Care, Nursing Associate Programme: Summary Document 

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