Skills for Care


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

We’re 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. This can help employers and strategic bodies make informed decisions about the nursing workforce.

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An overview about how the support offered to employers to recruit, develop and lead their nursing workforce.

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Education and practice standards for nurses working in care homes

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The care required by those who live in care homes is becoming more complex and driven by  technology. These 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.


Hear from others

Explore how nurses can develop themselves in different ways and move into other roles.

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Registered nurse, Patricia Ralph, went from being a registered nurse to a clinical manager.

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Registered nurse, Charlotte Hilburn, went from being a registered nurse to a nurse trainer.

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Nia Heycocks successfully completed a Return to Practice course in 2018 and chose to use her nursing knowledge and skills in a nursing home.


Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Awards

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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Registered nurses

Nursing is an ever-growing and innovative profession and nurses are working in multi-professional teams across health and care settings. Find out more about registered nurses.

Nursing associates

Providing care for people in health and social care settings. The role has been developed to bridge the skills gap between care assistants and registered nurses, find out more.

Student nurse placements

Explore ways to make the most of student nurse placements and develop a better understanding of the placements in social care settings.

We Are Social Care Nursing

We Are Social Care Nurses main focus is to share and celebrate the exceptional work being done by nurses working in social care.

Return to practice

Discover the three ways that you can return to practice. These are readmission, a return to practice course, and test of Competence (ToC).

COVID-19 updates for registered nurses

Updated information and support needed for your role as a registered nurse during the pandemic.