Nursing associate apprenticeship - a descriptive case study narrative of impact, innovation and quality improvement

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Taylor, M. and Flaherty, C. 2020. Nursing associate apprenticeship - a descriptive case study narrative of impact, innovation and quality improvement. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 10 (5), pp. 751-766. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-05-2020-0105
TypeArticle
TitleNursing associate apprenticeship - a descriptive case study narrative of impact, innovation and quality improvement
AuthorsTaylor, M. and Flaherty, C.
Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to explore how one higher education institution (HEI) has embraced the apprenticeship agenda and is successfully providing an apprenticeship programme for nursing associates (NA) a new profession within health and social care in the United Kingdom.
Design/methodology/approach – This is a descriptive case study narrative about one programme from one HEI, selected for its relevance for the subject area of apprenticeships. This descriptive approach allows the provision of apprenticeships within HEI to be explored in depth by one institution.
Findings – This case study identifies the considerable value of apprenticeships within HEI for the students, the employers and the HEI. It also identifies that there are challenges within this. These findings will be of interest to those entering into the apprenticeship arena, especially within healthcare, and may inform an academic discourse in this area.
Research limitations/implications – It is acknowledged that this case study does not seek to compare apprenticeships with other programmes. However, there is value in providing an academic narrative around the challenges of this provision which will be informative for others developing higher apprenticeships in the United Kingdom or similar delivery of apprenticeship models internationally.
Practical implications – There is value in providing an academic narrative around the challenges of this provision which will be informative for others developing higher apprenticeships in the UK or similar delivery of apprenticeship models internationally
Social implications – These findings will be of interest to those entering into the apprenticeship arena, especially within healthcare, and will inform the academic discourse in this area.
Originality/value – This is original work and provides a new body of knowledge to the inform HEIs engaging with the relatively new context of higher and degree apprenticeships, as well as the new role within healthcare of the nursing associate.

KeywordsHigher apprenticeship, Nursing associate, Impact, Apprenticeship requirements, Multiple stakeholders
PublisherEmerald
JournalHigher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning
ISSN2042-3896
Publication dates
Online07 Sep 2020
Print27 Nov 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited30 Mar 2022
Accepted08 Aug 2020
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-05-2020-0105
LanguageEnglish
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