Skills for Care recognises registered nurses’ contribution to social care


The responsibilities and contribution of nurses in social care have been recognised in a new initiative led by Skills for Care.

For the first time, the strategic body for workforce development has issued a statement defining the role, knowledge and skills of the 42,000 registered nurses working in social care.

“This statement is a huge step forward in making sure we know what is expected of nurses in social care, but also recognises the massive contribution our nurses make to high quality care and support services,” said Skills for Care Interim CEO Andy Tilden.

“Registered nurses in social care use all their hard won skills and knowledge to make sure our fellow citizens can access services that meet their needs when and where they need them. What comes across loud and clear is that nurses in social care value the time and space they get to really understand the people they work with which means they leave work knowing they have delivered care that allows people to live the lives they want to.”

With an estimated nursing vacancy rate in adult social care equivalent to around 5,000 vacancies at any given time, the statement aims to provide a wider understanding of what the role involves and encourage more nurses to seriously think about joining the growing social care sector.

To download the statement and accompanying infographic, please visit

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