Skills for Care

Recognising the responsibilities and contribution of registered nurses within social care is essential, with the workforce totalling 34,000. 

The registered nurse role is a complex, relationship-based, multi-faceted role, rooted in nursing knowledge. Nurses often have high levels of autonomy, decision making and responsibility so that they can offer high quality support to people with a range of complex needs. 

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This is a statement of role 'Recognising the responsibilities and contribution of registered nurses within social care', knowledge and skills for the 34,000 registered nurses working in social care. It provides a detailed description of this complex role.

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This infographic brings the role of a registered nurse to life to gain an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of the role.


Nurse leadership development programme 

A programme specifically tailored to meet the needs of registered nurses working in a leadership role across adult social care. The programme aims to increase leadership capabilities and create opportunities for leaders to experience shared learning opportunities and develop greater understanding of leadership models and theories to support the development of new ideas and enhance leadership practices.

Key aspects of the programme include:

  • developing a leadership approach in situations such as working across professional, organisational and system boundaries while gaining an understanding of leadership models.
  • implementing new practice and service redesign projects
  • developing and applying high-level negotiating and influencing and problem solving skills
  • supporting participants to gain confidence to lead in unfamiliar, complex and unpredictable contexts

Get in touch

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


Duration 5 min 6 seconds



Ten myths about being a registered nurse in social care

We dispel some of the myths around being a registered nurse in adult social care, for example, ‘being a registered nurse in adult social care is easy’, ‘you do this if you can’t get a proper job’ and ‘you can’t get re-validated’.

Duration 5 mins 8 secs



Case studies

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Nia says, “For me the distinguishing features are working as part of a team and being able to see the changes you can make to people’s lives.”

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Charlotte’s current role as a nurse trainer is helped by the experience she gained in the community of working across sectors and building working relationships across health and social care.

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Patricia sees delivering holistic care as adding value to her role and enables working with the multidisciplinary team and families, she sees her role as key in coordinating, leading and being involved in all aspects of care delivery.