Sponsored nursing associate programme launches in partnership with three universities

Imperial College Healthcare has launched a sponsored nursing associate programme in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University, University of East London and The Open University. The programme aims to give members of our local communities the opportunity to begin a nursing career at the Trust – while developing our nursing workforce. 

The nursing associate role is a support role that bridges the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses, helping with the delivery of care under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Successful applicants to the programme will undertake a two year nursing associate programme and benefit from:

  • the opportunity to undertake their nursing associate placements at one of our hospitals with dedicated support from our nursing education team, as well as placements with
  • associated community partners 
  • fully-funded second year tuition fees
  • a guaranteed offer of a registered nursing associate post at one of our hospitals when they complete the programme
  • the opportunity to work on our bank as a healthcare support worker during the programme

Jan Goldsmith, lead nurse for education and lead for the nursing associate programme, said: “We are delighted to give members of our local communities the opportunity to begin a career in nursing with us. We are one of the biggest NHS trusts in the country with a fantastic tradition in nursing practice, education and research.

“We have partnered with a choice of three universities who run well-established nursing programmes – giving students flexible options to choose from including traditional scheduled teaching, online learning and blended approaches, across different locations.

“We know our local communities and our patients are very diverse, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for this opportunity.”


To be eligible to apply for this opportunity, you must live within one of the following London boroughs which are local to our hospitals:

  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Westminster
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Brent
  • Harrow
  • Ealing

Up to 40 applicants will be recruited to the nursing associate programme twice a year for the next five years, with the first group of successful applicants starting the programme in Autumn 2021. The closing date for applications for this intake is Sunday 8th August with joint interviews between the universities and the Trust taking place during August. Applications can be made through the university websites. Please indicate in your personal statement that you are applying for this Imperial College Healthcare sponsored nursing associate programme.

Andrew Lynch (pictured) who completed a nursing associate apprenticeship at the Trust said: "Nursing associates are highly valued members of the nursing team here at Imperial College Healthcare. I gained a lot of transferrable skills working as a nursing associate and have now moved into a role in the nursing education team, supporting healthcare support workers.”

For further information about the universities, the programmes they provide, the entry requirements and to apply please visit their websites: