A nursing associate is a new member of the nursing team who will provide care and support for patients and service users. This role is being used and regulated in England and it’s intended to address a skills gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associate is a stand-alone role in its own right and will also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing. Nursing associates will be trained to work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. It’s intended that the role will enable registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical duties.