A statement of role, knowledge and skills for the 42,000 registered nurses working in adult social care in England has been published for the first time.
Created by Skills for Care in consultation with social care bodies, registered nurses and the people they support, the statement provides a description of the complex role nurses undertake and demonstrates the way they use their knowledge and contribute to important national health and social care agendas.
With around 5,000 nursing vacancies in adult social care, Skills for Care hopes the statement will provide a wider understanding of what this role involves and encourage more nurses to think about joining the sector.
Skills for Care Interim CEO Andy Tilden said: “This statement is a huge step forward in making sure we know what is expected of nurses in social care, but also recognises the massive contribution our nurses make to high quality care and support services.
“Registered nurses in social care use all their hard won skills and knowledge to make sure our fellow citizens can access services that meet their needs when and where they need them.
“What comes across loud and clear is that nurses in social care value the time and space they get to really understand the people they work with which means they leave work knowing they have delivered care that allows people to live the lives they want to.”
To download the statement and accompanying infographic click here www.skillsforcare.org.uk/registerednursesinsocialcare