Nursing Assistant Development programme

Hafod has recently launched its new Nursing Assistant Development programme which was piloted at Brocastle Manor, Bridgend.

The twelve senior care assistants commenced the programme, which has been developed and delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales and Aneurin Bevan Health Board, in December 2017.

The programme aims to enhance and develop new clinical skills, which will allow the nursing assistants to support the nurse in charge in their position. Developed using the NHS competency framework ensures governance and quality is at the heart of this new and exciting development programme.

The nurse assistants have benefited from an academic programme which gave them access to the simulation suite at the University of South Wales allowing them to practice their clinical skills in a state of the art environment.

Nicolle Brookes, Nursing Assistant at Brocastle Manor said:

“I am very happy to have completed the programme as it has taught me so much, as well as enhancing my skills. It has made me feel so valued.”

Speaking about the new programme, Margaret Harris, Regional Lead at Hafod, said: “By creating the nursing assistant role we have provided a career pathway for care staff where other opportunities may not have been available. The development of this role is initially planned within the nursing homes but we are looking to expand this into our residential care settings.

“The purpose of the nursing assistant will be to ensure the provision of the highest quality and continuity of care and support releasing the nurses to spend more time with residents. The nursing assistants will assume responsibility for delegated nursing tasks under the supervision of the nurse in charge.”

Good luck to the second co-hort of nursing assistants who have already started their programme and we look forward to a further two groups later in 2018.