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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. 


We're delighted to launch a statement of role, knowledge and skills for the 41,000 registered nurses working in adult social care, which is the first time this has been done. 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 specifically tailored to meet the needs of senior registered nurses working in adult social care is due to start on 21 January 2020.

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.

Find out more and book

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.

We're considering options for running this programme in the future including how it could be commissioned by organisations and partnerships. If you would like further details or to speak to a member of our team about this 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 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