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Sutcliffe: nurses working in social care are no less skilled than colleagues in health

November 19, 2019

Nurses working in adult social care are no less skilled than those working in the health sector, says Andrea Sutcliffe, chief executive and registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Speaking at provider representative body Care England’s annual conference, which focused on workforce issues, Ms Sutcliffe said the NMC recognised the vital contribution that adult social care nurses made every day for millions of people living in communities who rely on receiving person-centred care that meets their needs and supports their aspirations.

“To join our register, all nurses must demonstrate the same clinical excellence and commitment to kindness, compassion and respect,” said Ms Sutcliffe.

“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.

“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.”

Andrea Sutcliffe

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