Nursing Associates Blog - Mar 2017 - Kerry Roberts

31 March 2017

I had already worked for CWP for two years in the Primary Care Mental Health Administration and Clerical Team when I decided to apply for a role as a trainee nursing associate.

My journey to become a nursing associate began at the end of January 2017 with a week-long induction at the University of Chester’s Riverside Campus, before starting my first placement with Broxton Community Care Team District Nurses.

The nursing team at Broxton are very supportive of the new nursing associate role and have made me feel very welcome, which has made the switch from admin to nursing a lot easier. 

Working in the community and working closely with the people who use our services was very different and new to me. With the help and support of the nursing team I’ve soon found my feet and my confidence and knowledge has increased so much already.

I’ve been on placement for six weeks now and I have learnt so much from everyone within the multidisciplinary team. I’ve now know how to dress wounds and ulcers correctly and have a good understanding of international normalized ratio (INR), which is used to measure blood clot rates.

On Wednesdays I join the other trainee nursing associates for teaching at the University of Chester. These weekly sessions are really educational and give us a great opportunity to get together and discus our placements.

The support from staff at both CWP and the University of Chester has been amazing!

I am really enjoying my training to become a nursing associate and I am learning a lot of new skills and competences which I’ll be able to use at future placements.  

I believe the role of a nursing associate will add to the skill mix.  It will help improve patient experience and will promote person centred care. The skills and experiences we are acquiring whilst on our training will help us adapt to a range of environments within the NHS so that we can act as versatile members of effective, multi-disciplinary teams.

I am really enjoying my time as a trainee nursing associate and I can’t wait to use the skills I have learnt so far in my next placement.


Senior Nursing Team update: Gary Flockhart, Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies

Firstly, I would like to thank all of our staff working alongside our trainee nursing associates for providing such a warm welcome to their teams.

As you can see from the blog above, the attitude of our current staff towards this new role is helping all of our trainees to have a really positive experience of CWP.

The trainees themselves can take great pride in how they have risen to the challenges in their opening weeks. They’ve had a lot to take in, but they remain unphased and their enthusiasm to learn even more is really uplifting.

 I look forward to seeing how they continue to progress throughout the remainder of their initial placements.


Cheshire and Wirral is one of the first 11 pilot sites across England to pioneer the new nursing associate role. Six local NHS Trusts, including CWP, are working closely with partners to support 44 trainees as part of the two-year course. Click here for more information.

To find out more about opportunities at CWP please visit our ‘Working for Us’ pages.



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