This bulletin from Health Education England (HEE) aims to keep audiences and stakeholders aware of what is happening in relation their overall programmes of work and in particular how they are responding to the Shape of Caring review.

It covers:

  • Responding to Raising the Bar
  • Responding to the Shape of Caring review
  • Green light for Nursing Associate role
  • Exploring the Shape of Caring review themes
  • Introducing our Florence Nightingale Fellows
  • The role of Health Visitors in mental health

Health Education England is inviting applications from health care settings who are interested in becoming test sites for the new Nursing Associate role – an innovation that emerged from Shape of Caring Review (March 2015).

The role is designed to build capacity to care and capability to treat across the health and social care system. And, as the recent consultation demonstrated, there is a huge appetite for this new role which can provide a real benefit to the nursing and care workforce across a range of settings and play a key role in the delivery of patient care with safety at its heart.

HEE is seeking to identify strong partnerships between employers and education providers. The lead organisation in any partnership must be an employer allied to an STP footprint that will accept the funding allocation, and all partnership members will keep to the standard terms of the funding arrangement.

Successful organisations will become test sites and train a minimum of 20 students over two years starting from December 2016 and will fully participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the programme.

The six-week application window will close at 5pm on Wednesday 10 August.

Two webinars will also take place (13 July and 25 July) providing information on HEE recruitment process of test site partnerships – please do join and share your thoughts and insights.

Health Education England’s (HEE) response to Raising the Bar – Shape of Caring review has been published and is available to download.

 The Shape of Caring review was published in March 2015 and sought to answer a key question about future healthcare: “How can we ensure that the education and training of Registered Nurses and care assistants is fit for purpose to support them in delivering high-quality care over the next 10–15 years” Led by independent chair, Lord Willis of Knaresborough, the report outlined the key priorities for the future education and training of health and care staff.

HEE has also produced a number of animations focusing on key themes in their response to the Shape of Caring review.  Nursing careers and care pathways animations:

  • Patient and public involvement
  • Clinical academic careers
  • Care assistant career pathway
  • Primary and community roles for newly qualified nurses