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Attention LD providers who require a nursing facility

Dear Provider,Re: Nursing Associate development opportunities in Learning Disability.We know that there is an ever increasing demand on specialist learning disability nursing resources and that unfortunately there seems to be a decline in people looking to move into his part of the sector. Here in Kent we recognise that we need to do more to support the nursing workforce for the future needs of our Learning Disability clients.As a result, Kent & Medway STP are collaborating with Kent County Council and Health Education England Intellectual Disabilities Team to work together to try and improve these opportunities.Kent & Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership are one of 44 national partnerships set up by the government to support the development and transformation of the Health and Care Sector across Kent and Medway.As an initial screening, we are seeking to make contact with as many health or care environments who work or support the delivery of nursing functions to those living with learning disabilities.The aim is to come alongside the sector in offering support and development in accessing apprenticeship levy monies, kindly provided by KCC, to support providers and candidates in accessing either the Nursing Associate Foundation Degree and in the future potentially the Registered Nurse Degree Pathway.These programmes are delivered by a local university and funded through the Apprenticeship Levy. There are self-funding options available however.The initial aim is to make connections with those providers who deliver LD nursing services and begin to engage in how we can support and scale these roles in supporting the much needed care to our Learning Disability population.I know this will raise a great deal of questions, so we have attempted to answer some of these on the following page.If you are interested in this opportunity, please could you initially make contact with either Paul Kirrage from KCC or Tim Gosden from Kent & Medway STP on the details below.Paul Kirrage – Gosden – tim.gosden@nhs.netThe Intellectual Disabilities Team for the South of England Region for Health Education England, would like to signpost you to their programme and web page here, in case you aren’t already aware of their work: either an organisation or an individual you can sign up to be a stakeholder and subscribe to their mailing list, all of which is free of charge. If you have any queries about the programme and its work, just contact them via the email address on the website.Paul Kirrage - LD Project Officer - KCC & Tim Gosden – Role Development Lead - K&M STPFrequently Asked Questions:What cost is there on us as a provider?There will be no cost on the provider as the full apprenticeship cost can be supported from the KCC Levy account.How much time will the staff member have away from the workplace?The member of staff will need to be in university 1 day a week and then on a clinical placement for another 1 day a week. This equates to around 40% of their week. So if they worked a 5 day week they would be in the workplace role for 3 out of 5 days.What kind of placements will they need to undertake?As part of the apprenticeship and NMC standards, the candidate will need to have placements that cover all spans of life, at home, close to home and hospital.The cost of backfill for the staff learning time is a concern?Health Education England are offering financial support for candidates starting on programme by 31 Dec 2019. The conditions are that if the staff member is working in LD for more than 50% of their time a payment (broken down over the course of the training) of up to £15,800 will be available to the provider.This only applies to the Trainee Nursing Associate Role.What are the benefits of having these roles in the service?The TNA is a role that is registered with the NMC and as a result comes the education, knowledge and skills relevant to an entry level registered role. The TNA will be more autonomous than a HCSW and will help bridge the gap between your HCSW’s and Registered workforce. The TNA must work within an organisational nursing framework (there must be a registered nurse service) and work under the governance of a registered nurse.