NMC responds to Skills for Care report on the state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England

Published on 21 October 2020

Andrea Sutcliffe comments on the Skills for Care ‘The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ report.

Commenting on the Skills for Care ‘The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ report, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said:

“We recognise and share the concerns set out in today’s Skills for Care report highlighting the real difficulties the adult social care sector is facing in recruiting and retaining nurses.

“Day in, day out, nurses continue to deliver vital adult social care services for people in the most vulnerable circumstances despite the tremendous pressures and challenges laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic.

“But while the report’s findings highlight a small reduction in nursing job vacancies there’s still an awful lot more to do before we can be confident of having the sustainable and integrated health and social care workforce that’s needed for the future.

“People who use social care services need to be able to rely and depend on skilled nursing professionals who are valued and properly supported to deliver their critical roles.

“From making sure the needs of nurses working in social care are listened to, supported and acted on – to positioning social care nursing as the fantastic career option that it is by helping students gain experience in social care placements – we must all work together to make a difference.”

ENDS


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