Occupational Profile:

The Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Nursing Associates work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan. Nursing Associates will have a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set to serve local health populations, in a range of settings covering pre-life to end of life. The Nursing Associate apprentice must meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate, prior to taking their end point assessment

Responsibilities and duty of the role:

 Working within the sphere of nursing the Nursing Associate delivers high quality person-centred care across health and social care settings. The Nursing Associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or carers providing holistic and person-centred care to individuals, supporting the registered nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care


A regulated level 5 qualification such as a Foundation Degree or Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education delivered by an institution approved by the NMC to provide pre-registration nursing education. Apprentices must also achieve, if they do not already hold these qualifications, level 2 English and maths prior to taking their end-point assessment




Typical 24 months

Review date:

After 3 years


Registered Nurse


You will be caring and compassionate, honest, conscientious and committed


You will treat people with dignity, respecting individual’s diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values, privacy and preferences. You will show respect and empathy for those with whom you work and have the courage to challenge areas of concern. You will demonstrate leadership, be adaptable, reliable and consistent, show discretion, resilience and self-awareness

The skills and knowledge described above are taken from the Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework (HEE, 2017)

For more information regarding this apprenticeship please visit: 

The Institute for Apprenticeships

Health Careers

Nursing and Midwifery Council