Skills for Care


We recognise the importance of the role of nursing in adult social care and the need to offer employers appropriate 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.

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.


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Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Awards

Nominate a nurse or social care worker for a gold or silver award.

Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care letter about the awards.

Recruiting and retaining nurses webinar series: 30 January - 5 March 2024

Recruiting and retaining the nursing workforce within adult social care is more important than ever right now. We’ve developed a series of webinars designed for those invested in the social care nursing workforce.

The webinars will explore best practice around the recruitment and retention of the nursing workforce, including career opportunities, developing learning environments and supporting early careers nurses. You'll also get to hear from key speakers and have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session.

Find out more and book onto the webinars

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.

International Nurses Day

We're celebrating International Nurses Day by recognising the hugely important role that nurses and nursing associates in social care play.

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.