From healthcare support worker to registered nurse
Evidence & Practice    

From healthcare support worker to registered nurse

Amanda Driffield Lecturer, children's nursing, and programme manager for the Foundation Degree in Healthcare for Assistant Practitioners, Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds

Workforce planning, education and training are essential for achieving an appropriate mix of skilled and motivated staff, but the NHS’s financial challenges mean new ways of providing safe staffing levels and balancing the books are required. This article describes the development of an education programme for band 1 to band 4 unregistered support workers that led to the introduction of an assistant practitioner (AP) role. It also explains how the programme evolved from a one-year certificate in higher education to a foundation degree in health care, and has since produced over 100 APs in a range of clinical areas who deliver high quality, competent and patient-centred care in a cost-effective, sustainable way.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2016.e1465

Correspondence

a.j.driffield@leeds.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 18 December 2016

Accepted: 02 July 2016

Published online: 29 July 2016