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LLR Nursing Associate Programme

Nursing Associate Programme

In January 2017, we launched the Nursing Associate Programme across the East Midlands and Leicestershire, our first cohort are due to complete their programme in January 2019 and we have also welcomed a second cohort of over 50 trainees from across the county who started in January 2018.

The next programme will start in January 2019, active recruitment will start in October; register your interest now.

The LLR Nursing Associate Programme is unique because it has been developed and is delivered in partnership with practice staff from different NHS organisations, independent and private organisations across Leicestershire, and in collaboration with De Montfort University.

Click here to find out more about the national Nursing Associate Programme


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Trainee Nursing Associate Programme

Are you interested in a new challenge? Do you want to develop your skills and knowledge? You may be interested in applying for a place on the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Nursing Associate Programme.

This is a unique programme in Leicestershire, validated by De Montfort University and delivered at the Leicestershire School of Nursing Associates, based on the Glenfield Hospital site. 

The two-year apprenticeship programme, combines both academic and work-based learning in the physical, psychological and public health aspects of care from pre-conception to end of life.

The programme is structured around a number of clinical placements which can include:

  • Adult, Mental Health, Child and Learning Disability
  • At home, close to home and within the hospital

The University costs for the programme are fully funded, and successful completion of the programme leads to a Foundation Degree as a Nursing Associate.

Working in placements

Successful external candidates will be employed on the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship programme. During the programme the Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) will be employed as a Band 3 and on successful completion of the training you will automatically transferred into a Band 4 Nursing Associate post within the area you have been seconded from.

The programme will start in January 2019. The TNA will rotate into placements within their employing organisation up to 15 weeks per year.

TNAs will work clinically for 80% of their time (pro rata part time) in their own area and attend classroom teaching for 20% per week so, it is essential that you will have the full support of your line manager in applying for this programme.

Nursing Associate entry criteria

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • A substantive HCA post (or similar care worker post)
  • GCSEs Grade C or above in Maths and English Language / New GCSE Grade 4-9 in Maths and English Language OR Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Equivalent (not entry level 2). You will need to provide all of your certificates for you qualifications
  • Work a minimum of 30 hours a week


 ‘Bridging the Gap’ workshops

 A series of interactive ‘Bridging the Gap’ workshops will be held on the following dates to support interested candidates:


  • 1st October LPT Training and Education Centre, Glenfield Hospital
  • 3rd October at the Centre for Clinical Practice, Glenfield Hospital
  • 4th October at the Centre for Clinical Practice, Glenfield Hospital
  • 10th October at Education Centre LOROS
  • 20th October at Education Centre LOROS
  • 22nd October LPT Training and Education Centre, Glenfield Hospital


These events will include numeracy and literacy support, academic writing, application writing and interview skills, as well as the chance to meet existing trainees.


How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the programme or you would like to book on to a ‘Bridging the Gap’ workshop, please express an interest by emailing Nina Patel, at: Ninakshi.patel@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Please note: prior to applying confirmation will be sought from your line manager that they understand and accept the commitment to the programme. At interview all candidates will be asked to complete a numeracy and literacy test.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact;



  • Programme Leader; Annabel Coulson Practice Learning Lead (UHL)
  • Project Lead; Eleanor Meldrum, Assistant Chief Nurse (UHL)

The Programme consists of 8 modules over two years, each worth 30 credits which will be studied at Level 4 in the first year and Level 5 in the second year. Plus two practice related modules in which trainees will develop clinical skills to support the nursing workforce.

Modules have been developed to ensure that trainee Nursing Associates will have the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to join the NMC register as a Registered Nursing Associate.

Trainee Nursing Associate Recruitment Process

Trainee Nursing Associates will be recruited from NHS and Non-NHS providers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to a third cohort commencing 28th January 2019; target figures for recruitment are 60.

Interested candidates contact the identified central point of contact

UHL/ PVI Annabel Coulson

LPT Elaine Curtin

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Central point of contact to make contact with line manager to agree support for the Programme; (line managers to be made aware through Comms that they will be getting requests and a response is required as quickly as possible)

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Once agreement has been received a link will be sent to the candidate to apply

Link will be live between 15th October and 28th November

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Applications will all be made through TRAC (HR Link for all posts Megan Garner)


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Shortlisting will take place on 30th November; to be managed jointly

between Annabel Coulson & Elaine Curtin


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All candidates will be invited to interview w/c 17th December Offers made by 21st December

(Successful candidates to have change of circs completed- to be managed
by Megan Garner for UHL and relevant HR Lead for other organisations)

For any queries please contact

Nina Patel
Administrator for FDSci Nursing Associate

Annabel Coulson, Nursing Associate Programme Leader


There is a diverse range of trainees currently undertaking the programme from across health care providers throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland; from primary and secondary care and from both NHS and Private organisations.  All trainees are supported by their employers to undertake the programme, including time for study and external placements


All trainees are easily identifiable with a Nursing Associate badge; they have also been provided with a white tunic top and grey epaulettes.


Some of our trainees have given their first-person accounts of the programme to share an insight into the course. Read their stories below:

Kirsty Hinckinbottom (based at the Children's Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary)

Dominika Raginia-Ptak (based at LOROS Hospice)

Donna Bruce (based on cardiology ward 28, Glenfield Hospital)

Click here to read more about HCAs undertaking primary care nursing


How long will the trainees be away from their clinical areas?

Trainees will study for six weeks initially, this period will commence the first two modules and will ensure that all academic support can be given and mandatory training to ensure placements can be accessed anywhere throughout the county with all service users.

They will then have one study day per week on a Monday = 7.5 hours

There will be a further two weeks in the summer and at the start of the second year when there will be additional study over three days

What supervision do trainees need?

Trainees will need a registered healthcare professional to take the lead in supporting them through each placement experience (a Supervisor); they will need to be able to work alongside them and support trainees to access a range of opportunities to facilitate the achievement of outcomes.

Will trainees be supernumerary?

Not within Base Areas. Trainees will still be employed and able to undertake their existing role; however they need to be supported to undertake learning in practice under the supervision of a registered professional which may mean that they have to be relieved of certain duties.

Pathway opportunities should be supported to enable trainees to experience and understand the patient journey.

Can trainees continue to undertake roles for which they have been trained?

Yes. For example, if a HCA has been trained to cannulate or perform venepuncture, they will be asked to provide evidence of competence for practice outside of base areas

What are alternative placements? 

During the two year programme trainees must experience placements in different settings; care in hospital, care closer to home and care at home to be able to evidence the transferability of their skills

These will take place three times a year in five week blocks and will be planned into each individual programme to ensure that any pre agreed annual leave is considered; annual leave cannot be taken during these weeks


Pathways will be included within these experiences to ensure that trainees explore the patient journey. 

If you have any other questions or would like to discuss supporting the programme, please contact Annabel Coulson, Programme Leader on 0116 2585846 / 07984522223 or email annabel.coulson@uhl-tr.nhs.uk