Care UK has welcomed the Nursing & Midwifery Council’s (NMC) acknowledgement of the huge role care home teams have played during the coronavirus.
NMC chief executive and registrar Andrea Sutcliffe CBE said the crisis had changed the perception of social care nursing and could inspire new entrants to the profession during ‘The New Normal’ virtual conference.
Care UK’s Head of Nursing Rachel Gilbert (pictured) said: “I was delighted to hear Andrea’s comments. It is truly time for us to move away from the out-dated label of the Cinderella service. Our nurses are highly skilled and dedicated and they work in purpose-built, well-equipped homes. They are leaders, mentors and experts within those home teams and they ensure that some of the frailest members of our society receive exceptional care day after day.”
Last year the NMC issued a statement backing and recognising the vital contribution that adult social care nurses make every day to millions of people living in communities who rely on receiving person-centred care that meets their needs and supports their aspirations.
Rachel added: “I would like to thank the NMC for its ongoing commitment to social care nurses. Again and again Andrea and her team have given out the message that nurses working in adult social care should never be made to feel as though we are less important or less skilled than colleagues working in the health service.
“Our nurses manage teams and provide care to people with increasingly complex needs, roles that require a very high level of knowledge, skill and competence. At Care UK we pride ourselves on offering exceptional levels of ongoing training and support in order to deliver the care our residents need and expect.
“Like Andrea, I hope the change in public perception will mean that more registered nurses, and those in training, consider joining us in social care, where they can look forward to an emotionally and professionally rewarding career.”