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The status of nurses in social care

22 June 2023
Volume 32 · Issue 12


Sam Foster, Executive Director of Professional Practice, Nursing and Midwifery Council, considers strategies for reforming social care and recognising and rewarding the work of nurses in the sector

One of my most thought-provoking conversations this month has been with Deborah Sturdy, the Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in England. Having met Deborah previously, I remain in awe of the impact that she has had in raising the profile of nursing in social c are. However, as she says herself, the profile of social care sector nursing continues to need to be strengthened and understood both professionally and politically.

I want to share a quote from Gillespie (2023), who wrote on International Nurses Day celebrating the role of nursing in social care, to frame this piece:

‘From the nurse in a complex care at home provision who drives a multifaceted approach to bring people with complex health and care needs home. To the nursing associate who has led an initiative to reduce sedation in a care home for people with dementia and, in doing so, has seen falls reduce. Or the chief executive officer leading a group of care homes where they're seeing the health and wellbeing of their “families” improve in their care. Nursing in social care is often nurse-led and driven by person-centred practice.’

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