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COVID-19 updates 

We’ve created a dedicated webpage specifically for registered nurses to make it as easy as possible for you to access the most up to date information and guidance on COVID-19. Obviously, the situation is very fast moving and we’ll do all we can to keep the page as up to date as possible


We recognise the importance of the role of nurses in adult social care and the need to offer employers more support. Whether that be through the 'statement of role' that we recently published, providing up to date information about the new nursing associate role, a Return to Practice programme, or offering registered nurses the opportunity to go on a leadership programme, we’re here to provide you with all the information you need.

We're also the leading source of workforce intelligence for adult social care in England and our work includes providing statistics and reports about the contribution of nurses to the sector.

A leaflet is available which gives an overview about how we support employers to recruit, develop and lead their nursing workforce.  

Our co-produced statement of role, knowledge and skills for the 41,000 registered nurses working in adult social care has been well received since its launch in May 2019. We've received excellent, supportive feedback on the statement both from nurses working in the sector and key stakeholders including colleagues from QNI, RCN, NMC and the Chief Nurses team.

We continue to use the messages in the statement at a strategic level to raise the profile of nursing in social care. If you haven't yet seen it, it's called Registered nurses: Recognising the responsibilities and contribution of registered nurses within social care. It provides a description of the complex role nurses undertake and demonstrates the way that they not only use all of their nursing knowledge, but also contribute to important national health and social care agendas.

We’re really excited about it and we hope you are too. Find out more and read the statement.  

Our professional leadership programme is specifically tailored to meet the needs of senior registered nurses working in adult social care. The programme enables participants to develop their leadership approach in situations such as:

  • working across professional, organisational and system boundaries
  • developing and implementing new practice and service redesign projects
  • using high-level negotiating and influencing skills
  • taking the lead in contexts that are unfamiliar, complex and unpredictable.

Case studies developed by participants from the most recent programme will be available on our website soon.

Watch our video - this gives you a great idea of what the programme is about. We hear from those who run it, those who have been on it and what they thought about it. 

This programme can be commissioned by partnerships/organisations/local authorities or other commissioning groups. We're able to deliver it in your local area and in response to your local need. Please email for further information.

A nursing associate is a new member of the nursing team who will provide care for people in health and social care settings. It has been created to bridge the skills gap between care assistants and registered nurses. Find out more about this exciting new role.  

Your skills and experience as a nurse are invaluable to the sector and we're currently updating the information about Return to Practice. 

As a registered healthcare professional, you may ask a care worker to carry out healthcare tasks on your behalf. To halp facilitate that, we’ve produced two short guides to support decision making and provide information and guidance on delivering delegated healthcare tasks safely and competently. The guides are aimed primarily at adult social care employers, managers and care workers.

Find out more.

We have a new newsletter called Nursing News which is full of all the latest news and developments about nursing in social care. It aims to provide insight into some of the nursing related activity that Skills for Care is both involved in, and aware of, across the country. You can subscribe to receive it straight to your inbox by completing the form below. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

The first ever standards for nurses working in residential care homes have been published by community nursing charity, The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and Skills for Care. The standards are enhanced by a Practice Portfolio that we've developed.

The care required by those who live in care homes is becoming more complex and technologically sophisticated. The QNI worked with a representative group of care home providers and commissioners to address and identify specific education and practice standards. The resulting standards include a set of benchmarks that can be used to assess the skills and knowledge that a registered nurse will need to demonstrate in a care home setting.

Download the standards

We're delighted to be undertaking a project, supported and funded by Health Education England, to map the pre-registration nursing standards to social care settings. The aim is to increase understanding for students, employers and HEI colleagues of what placements in these settings can offer whilst providing guidance and insight into how learning outcomes could be achieved. We’ll be drawing together a working group of practitioners, and would like to include people from as many settings as possible.

We only have 12 places available on the working group so if you’d like to find out more and/or be considered to take part, please contact us at The first working group will take place on Tuesday 16 March.


Below are three fantastic case studies about people who are all registered nurses working in social care but have very different roles such as a clinical manager and a nurse trainer. It’s a great way of showing that nurses can develop themselves in different ways.

Working as a clinical manager

Working as a nurse trainer

Working as a registered nurse