We recognise the importance of the role of nurses in adult social care and the need to offer employers more support. Whether that be through the 'statement of role' that we recently published, providing up to date information about the new nursing associate role, a Return to Practice programme, or offering registered nurses the opportunity to go on a leadership programme, we’re here to provide you with all the information you need.

We're also 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.  

Download the Developing the 'nursing workforce in adult social care' leaflet for an overview about how we support employers to recruit, develop and lead their nursing workforce.  

Guidance: An employer’s guide to the deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings

Supporting employers, commissioners and registered nursing associates to have a clear understanding of the role of a registered nursing associate and how it cand add value to the care being provided. The guide includes examples of how registered nursing associates are working in different social care settings and how the scope of practice can differ depending on the team and situation.

⇨ Find out more and download the guide


The Wonderful World of Nursing in Social Care - 2021

This event explored the wide ranging roles and opportunities that a career in adult social care can offer.

Providing a better understanding of the trainee nursing associate programme and the nurse apprenticeships programmes and how they can benefit both students and care providers, the benefits of offering placements to trainee nursing associates, nurse apprentices and nursing students and how we’ll ensure that the nursing curriculum accurately reflects working within adult social care.

Keynote speaker: Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in England. Run in partnership by Skills for Care, Health Education England, ADASS East Midlands and ADASS West Midlands.


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Our co-produced statement of role, knowledge and skills for the 41,000 registered nurses working in adult social care has been well received since its launch in May 2019. We've received excellent, supportive feedback on the statement both from nurses working in the sector and key stakeholders including colleagues from QNI, RCN, NMC and the Chief Nurses team.

We continue to use the messages in the statement at a strategic level to raise the profile of nursing in social care. If you haven't yet seen it, it's called Registered nurses: Recognising the responsibilities and contribution of registered nurses within social care. It provides a description of the complex role nurses undertake and demonstrates the way that they not only use all of their nursing knowledge, but also contribute to important national health and social care agendas.

We’re really excited about it and we hope you are too. Find out more and read the statement.  

Our professional leadership programme is specifically tailored to meet the needs of senior registered nurses working in adult social care. The programme enables participants to develop their leadership approach in situations such as:

  • working across professional, organisational and system boundaries
  • developing and implementing new practice and service redesign projects
  • using high-level negotiating and influencing skills
  • taking the lead in contexts that are unfamiliar, complex and unpredictable.

Case studies developed by participants from the most recent programme will be available on our website soon.

Watch our video - this gives you a great idea of what the programme is about. We hear from those who run it, those who have been on it and what they thought about it. 

This programme can be commissioned by partnerships/organisations/local authorities or other commissioning groups. We're able to deliver it in your local area and in response to your local need. Please email for further information.

A nursing associate is a new member of the nursing team who will provide care for people in health and social care settings. It has been created to bridge the skills gap between care assistants and registered nurses. Find out more about this exciting new role.  

Your skills and experience as a nurse are invaluable to the sector and we're currently updating the information about Return to Practice. 

As a registered healthcare professional, you may ask a care worker to carry out healthcare tasks on your behalf. To halp facilitate that, we’ve produced two short guides to support decision making and provide information and guidance on delivering delegated healthcare tasks safely and competently. The guides are aimed primarily at adult social care employers, managers and care workers.

Find out more.

The first ever standards for nurses working in residential care homes have been published by community nursing charity, The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and Skills for Care. The standards are enhanced by a Practice Portfolio that we've developed.

The care required by those who live in care homes is becoming more complex and technologically sophisticated. The QNI worked with a representative group of care home providers and commissioners to address and identify specific education and practice standards. The resulting 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.

Download the standards

Below are three fantastic case studies about people who are all registered nurses working in social care but have very different roles such as a clinical manager and a nurse trainer. It’s a great way of showing that nurses can develop themselves in different ways.

Working as a clinical manager

Working as a nurse trainer

Working as a registered nurse


National nursing associate in social care Community of Practice virtual event 

Tuesday 28 September, 10:00-13:00, via Zoom 

This event will include an update on the deployment of nursing associates in social care, and it’s a great opportunity for regional and national networking. We’re also excited to be able to showcase the very first registered nursing associate in social care to receive the Chief Nurse (ASC) Silver Award. 

Speakers will include: 

  • Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care  

  • representative(s) from the Nursing and Midwifery Council 

  • representative(s) from Health Education England 

This event is for:  

  • apprentice nursing associates 

  • registered nursing associates 

  • assessor/supervisors of apprentice nursing associates 

  • other supporters of the role e.g. line manager, care association 

 It’s your opportunity as a registered or apprentice nursing associate in social care to have your views heard.  Attendees on the day will receive a certificate of attendance.  

Book your place now 

Get involved by using #WeAreSocialCareNurses on social media. 


Valuing nursing in social care… for students, employers and educators 

Wednesday 13 October, 10:00–15:00 (sign in from 09:45) 

This event will highlight how incredibly rewarding and complex it is to be a nurse in adult social care. It is the first of its kind and will feature: 

  • a special welcome from Oonagh Smyth, CEO, Skills for Care 

  • keynote addresses from Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, and Professor Brian J Webster-Henderson, Chair of Council of Deans   

  • the launch of our new guide ‘How to make the most of student nurse placements in social care settings – for the person who needs care and support, employer, student, and education provider’, which was developed in partnership with Health Education England 

  • hot topics including digital transformation – virtual placements in social care, and the social model of care 

  • an opportunity for regional networking 

  • the chance to ask questions of a panel made up of key national stakeholders for nursing in social care. 

 This event is for  

  • students undertaking pre-registration undergraduate healthcare degrees 

  • social care employers who would like to expand or develop their offer of placements 

  • colleagues from the higher education sector.  

Attendees on the day will receive a certificate of attendance.  

We’re really excited about this event and expect demand to be high so book your place now.  

Get involved by using #WeAreSocialCareNurses on social media.