Shape of Caring Review seeks evidence

Published on 31 July 2014

The Shape of Caring Review is seeking evidence on the education and training of nurses and care assistants to inform its final report.

The Review will produce recommendations for the education and training of registered nurses and care assistants so they can meet the needs of the population as care patterns and delivery changes over the next 15 years.

Evidence is being sought from across the UK on the type of workforce required to respond to changes and meet the predicted needs of patients and the public. The review is calling for practical examples around a range of key themes:

  • Increasing patient/carer voice and service user involvement across education and training,
  • Valuing the role of the care assistant,
  • Widening opportunities for care assistants’ career progression, which may include entry to nursing education,
  • Assuring flexibility in nursing and care assistant education and training of the future,
  • Assuring high quality practice learning environments which support the development of the future workforce,
  • Assuring predictable and sustainable access for on-going learning and development for registered nurses,
  • Supporting and enabling research, innovation and evidence based practice,
  • Funding and commissioning levers that can support education and training for the future.

Lord Willis of Knaresborough, Independent Chair of the Review, said:

"Excellent patient care requires a well-trained workforce with nurses and care assistants who have the means to develop their skills and knowledge throughout their careers. Staff want to strive for safer, better care for patients, but they need preparation, support, and development to provide consistently good care.

"This review must answer some important questions on what we need to do to future proof the workforce and equip our staff with the skills they need to work in a changing environment. In considering these questions, and many others besides, the review needs to understand as many different perspectives as possible.

"Across the UK, there are excellent examples of organisations investing in educating and training their nurses and care assistants. I want to learn from these and I hope that as many people as possible will take the time to come to us with solutions. Through identifying areas of best practice and sharing information, the review will be able to say what excellent education and training should look like and how it should be delivered.

"I urge everyone with an interest in the education and training of nurses and care assistants to respond to the call for evidence and make their voice heard on this important issue."

Take part in the call for evidence by visiting The call for evidence will close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 17 September 2014.

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