Nursing Associates

London Universities had started to work on the development of a unified document for Nursing Associates with Kathy Wilson as Chair. Health Education England expressed a desire to develop a national Nursing Associate Document for England. This work was led by Kathy Wilson and Jane Fish, London, with input from other PLPLG members and collaboration from England AEIs representatives and their practice partners. The document has been validated by the NMC.

The Nursing Associate Document builds on the work of PLPAD 2.0 and meets the NMC Standards of proficiency for nursing associates (2018). Nursing Associate programmes vary widely with many being employer led. Therefore HEIs have the flexibility within the OAR Part B to outline their approach to protected learning time, end point assessment and how tripartite is implemented for their HEI.


By the end of Part 1 the nursing associate student should guide participation in care and perform with increasing knowledge, skills and confidence.


By the end of Part 2 the nursing associate student should be practising independently with minimal supervision, provide and monitor care, demonstrating increasing knowledge skills and confidence.

Ongoing Achievement Record

The OAR provides a summary of each placement and a summary at the end of each part where progression can be recorded by the Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor.

Guide to using the PAD

The purpose of the guide is to provide guidance for the completion of the England Nursing Associate Practice Assessment Document. General guidelines are provided for each element within the PAD. This guidance should be read alongside specific instructions that may apply to individual Universities.

Nursing Associate Mapping of NA PAD to NMC Proficiencies

This document includes all the mapping codes to reflect how the PAD meets the NMC proficiencies to support NA approval events.