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

Marion Taylor (Middlesex University, London, UK)
Cariona Flaherty (Middlesex University, London, UK)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 7 September 2020

Issue publication date: 27 November 2020

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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.

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Citation

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, Vol. 10 No. 5, pp. 751-766. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-05-2020-0105

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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