We recognise the importance of the role of nurses in adult social care and the need to offer employers more support. 

We have information on the 'statement of role', the new nursing associate role, a Return to Practice programme as well as leadership programmes. Download the Developing the 'nursing workforce in adult social care' leaflet for an overview about how we support employers to recruit, develop and lead their nursing workforce.

Guide: How to make the most of student nurse placements

A guide developed to support the understanding of nursing placements within social care settings, and for the person who needs care and support, the employer, the student and the education provider. 

The ten descriptions of different social care settings allow employers to identify what type of experience your setting can offer to a student nurse and how it maps to the nursing curriculum (future nurse standards of proficiency).

Find out more and download the full guide.


Guide: An employer’s guide to the deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings

A guide to support employers, commissioners and registered nursing associates to have a clear understanding of the role of a registered nursing associate and how it cand add value to the care being provided. Hear how registered nursing associates are working in different social care settings and how the scope of practice can differ depending on the team and situation.

Find out more and download the full guide


The Wonderful World of Nursing in Social Care 2021

Exploring the wide ranging roles and opportunities that a career in adult social care can offer.

Providing a better understanding of the trainee nursing associate programme and the nurse apprenticeships programmes and how they can benefit both students and care providers, the benefits of offering placements to trainee nursing associates, nurse apprentices and nursing students and how we’ll ensure that the nursing curriculum accurately reflects working within adult social care.


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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 feedback on the statement 'Registered nurses: Recognising the responsibilities and contribution of registered nurses within social care.' both from nurses working in the sector and key stakeholders including colleagues from QNI, RCN, NMC and the Chief Nurses team.

It provides a description of the complex role nurses undertake and demonstrates the way that they use their nursing knowledge, and also contribute to important national health and social care agendas. We continue to use the messages in the statement to raise the profile of nursing in social care

Find out more and read the statement.  

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.

Watch our video to hear from programme attendees and faciliators.

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

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 nursing assosiates.  

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

Find out more.

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

Covering those who are registered nurses working in social care and have very different roles such as a clinical manager and a nurse trainer. See how nurses can develop themselves in different ways.


Access the COVID-19 registered nurse area for up to date information and guidance