On International Nurses’ Day, Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has called for due recognition of the 40,000 registered nurses working in care homes.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“2020 is the Year of the Nurse; the challenges brought about by Covid 19 have shone a light on the exceptional role care home nurses play. It is imperative to thank all those nurses working in adult social care who have risen to the challenge and made such an important difference for care home residents at this unprecedented time”.
Recognising and celebrating the value of adult social care nurses is a key part of the WHO Year of the Nurse. Care England wants to ensure that nurses working in adult social care can be put on an equal footing with their colleagues in the NHS; at present nurses in adult social care are paid 7% less than the rates available in the NHS. Greater equivocation of pay will enable social care providers to recruit and retain staff which is all the more important as care homes work through this pandemic.
Martin Green continues:
“Care home nurses are leading and managing complex care, they are also reassuring families and colleagues; the very essence of nursing and this needs to be celebrated”.