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Ian Costello

Trainee Nursing Associate and Recipient of 2018 University of Hertfordshire Dean's Award,
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Ian Costello is a trainee Nursing Associate in a medium secure forensic learning disability unit, employed by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, part of the Hertfordshire and West Essex STP, and his FdSc Nursing Associate programme is delivered by the University of Hertfordshire. Ian had 15 years’ experience working as a Healthcare Assistant. Ian was elected by his peers to be their student representative, and after advocating the role with such passion and dedication, he was selected by Health Education England to sit on the national implementation group and has spoken at local, regional and national events His achievements include receiving a Dean’s award in the category of ‘Professionalism, Employability and Enterprise’ 2018 and ‘Professional of the year 2018’ by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. Ian is an ambassador of the Nursing Associate role and throughout his training, he has shared his skills and experience on placements. Returning to the Trust with new skills, which are now used to compliment the Registered Nurses, bridging the skill gap between Healthcare Assistants and Registered Nurses. Ian intends to be a mentor for future cohorts, and aspires to undertake additional training to be a Registered Nurse.

  • Sharing lessons in the development of the Nursing Associate role across key test sites and how the training and skill programmes were implemented
  • Assessing how to work effectively in partnership with universities to ensure learning aligns with the role successfully
  • Exploring how to effectively deploy nursing associates to ensure teams with skill mixes allowing registered nurses to lead on care delivery
  • Gaining practical insights into how nursing associates can be developed to bridge the gap between health and social care settings
  • Evaluating common challenges identified in the test programmes and the future of the nursing associate role