Statement on the important contribution of adult social care nurses

Published on 13 November 2019

13 November 2019

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC, said:

“As the independent regulator for nursing and midwifery professionals across the UK, the NMC recognises the vital contribution that adult social care nurses make every day for millions of people living in communities who rely on receiving person-centred care that meets their needs and supports their aspirations.

“Since joining the NMC, concerns have been raised with me that nurses working in adult social care are seen as somehow less skilled than those working in the health sector and as a consequence are sometimes disregarded and undermined by others.

“I want to emphasise this is absolutely not the case.

“To join our register, all nurses must demonstrate the same clinical excellence and commitment to kindness, compassion and respect. We make no distinction between the standards, behaviours and skills we expect nurses to uphold, regardless of the setting in which care is provided.

“Nurses working in adult social care should never be made to feel as though they are less important or less skilled than nurses working in the health service. We know that in many cases, an adult social care nurse is often one of only a few registered nurses in their service – responsible for managing and providing care to people with increasingly complex needs requiring a very high level of knowledge, skill and competence.

“Today (13 November 2019) I will be flying the flag for nurses in social care at the Care England conference. I hope others will join me to recognise, celebrate and promote the brilliant work nurses in adult social care do alongside their colleagues in the health service.”

Other recent news…

Nurses among health and care professionals who can now certify fit notes

Published on 01 July 2022

From today, registered nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists can legally certify fit notes for people who need them.

NMC launches consultation on English language requirements

Published on 17 June 2022

We’ve launched a new consultation giving people the chance to have their say on proposed changes to our English language requirements. The consultation will run

Latest newsletter for nurses and nursing associates

Published on 07 June 2022

Read more below