The chief executive and registrar of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has praised the “vital contribution” made by social care nurses.
Speaking at the Care England Workforce Matters Conference in Westminster yesterday, Andrea Sutcliffe said she wanted to bust the myth that social care nurses are less skilled than those working in the health sector.
“On occasion nurses in social care are treated as second class citizens. It is not acceptable that people are treated in that way. We need to value the nurses we have got,” she said.
The NMC chief executive explained that her organisation had to be more embracing of all the settings its members are working in.
There are currently around 40,000 nurses working in adult social care.
She explained people in social care were presented with ever more complex needs and co-morbidities with expectations of ever better levels of care.
“Nurses play a really significant role in providing person-centred care and do an amazing job,” Sutcliffe noted.
She added that nurses in social care were often “quite isolated” and deserved greater recognition.
The NMC boss also explained that social care nurses had to meet the same standards as nurses in healthcare and there was no need to make any distinction between the two.
In addition to flying the flag for social care nurses at the event, Sutcliffe has issued a statement on the NMC website in which she acknowledges the “vital contribution” they make to the sector.
You can read Andrea Sutcliffe’s statement by clicking here.