A decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Council means that trainee nursing associates will not be entitled to supernumerary status. The NMC has approved controversial proposals for an alternative approach to nursing associate training, which moves away from the traditional supernumerary status that is used for undergraduate nurses. The new approach allows trainee nursing associates to be included within staffing numbers in order to “adequately safeguard patients”. Individual employers will work with education institutions, to identify when trainee nursing associate need supported learning time. A survey of 412 trainee nursing associates revealed that 91% believe they would have ‘increased learning opportunities’ with a more traditional supernumerary status. 72% said they had missed learning opportunities because they were unable to be released from practice.