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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.  

The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and we’d like to support this by celebrating nurses in social care. We've launched ‘Nursing in social care…let’s celebrate’ where we’re asking you to send in a video of yourself, your teams or colleagues telling us what it means to you to and/or what it’s like to work as a nurse in social care. You could send in a dance, a song, a poem, a vlog or whatever you want, let your imagination run wild!! We’d love to share these videos via social media to highlight the fantastic work that social care nurses do and to raise the profile of this vital role. 

Please send your videos, which should be no more than 2 minutes long and can be filmed on a mobile, to

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.  

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

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.  

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.



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