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Student nursing associates (SNAs)

The Student Nursing Associate (SNA) programme, previously known as Trainee Nursing Associates, at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) is a great way to start or develop a career in healthcare. Completing the programme leads to a Band 4 Nursing Associate (NA) role, where you'll be working alongside our registered nurses to build healthier lives and deliver outstanding care.

Read on to find out more and see how you can get started.

SNA training is a two-year apprenticeship programme.

Most of our applicants have previously worked as healthcare assistants for the Trust and have progressed to becoming qualified Nursing Associates. We now have three intakes a year and accept external applicants ("new to care") who wish to apply from all working backgrounds, from school leavers to bank/agency workers.

We also offer functional skills support for those who may not have Maths/English qualifications in order for them to apply.

We are working in partnership with Birmingham Women's and Children’s, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS foundation trusts, along with Birmingham City University and University College Birmingham, who are our Higher Education providers for the Foundation Degree Programme.

Students are spread across many areas and specialties, including Critical Care, Outpatients, Emergency Department, Clinical Haematology and Paediatrics, meaning they are seen in all areas over the hospital, solidifying their roles.

The aim of the programme is to ensure that SNAs can successfully support registered nurses in caring for patients. As students, you will contribute to the clinical workforce for 60% of your time. You will have day release once a week into university and a day on placement which may be external to your ward and/or the Trust.

Once qualified, there are opportunities for Nursing Associates to complete further training and become Registered Nurses.

How to apply, register interest or find out more

If you're interested in becoming a Student Nursing Associate, please apply using the link below. Alternatively, email us or leave a message on our voicemail service with your name and contact details. 

Last reviewed: 14 June 2024