Skills for Care

A student nurse will experience a range of placements in their training and education. Although clinical interventions are very much undertaken in social care, nursing, whatever field, is about more than clinical activity.

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.

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Supporting the understanding of nursing placements within social care. This guide is aimed at social care employers, student nurses and higher education providers.

Skills for Care in consultation with Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Nursing, Queens Nursing Institute and Registered Nursing Home Association have developed the following guidance to support and clarify social care practice experience opportunities within the sector.


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Guidance indemnity insurance and clinical negligence cover for nursing placements in social care.


Ten social care settings

The descriptions introduce what can be offered within this type of placement setting. Each description has been mapped to the future nurse standards of proficiency so that student nurses can see how the experience they gain in these settings correlates with their learning.

Download each individual social care seting:

  1. Children's residential service
  2. Community care services for adults and children (home care services/domiciliary care services)
  3. Day care services
  4. Registered care home with nursing for working age people with enduring mental health problems
  5. Registered care home with nursing, learning disabilities and complex health needs: working age
  6. Registered care home with nursing, physical and mental health, dementia and end of life care
  7. Registered care home without nursing, learning disabilities and autism
  8. Residential care home with nursing neurological disabilities and rehabilitation 
  9. Residential care home without nursing for elderly people including dementia and end of life care
  10. Specialist residential college for the training and development of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities