The coronavirus pandemic is helping to “bust the myth” that social care nurses are less skilled than their counterparts in the NHS, according to the head of the UK’s nursing regulator.
Andrea Sutcliffe, chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council said that Covid-19 had changed the perception of social care and may help improve recruitment to these settings.
Her comments came during her keynote address at a virtual conference looking at the impact of the pandemic on the social care sector, called The New Normal.
Ms Sutcliffe, who was formerly the chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission, said Covid-19 had brought “additional unprecedented challenges” for a sector already struggling with issues such as high turnover and vacancy levels and financial uncertainty.
She noted that social care nursing too often missed out on the “support and public acknowledgement it deserves”.
However, with the focus placed on care homes during the pandemic, Ms Sutcliffe said she believed that the tide may be beginning to turn.