International Nurses Day

Happy International Nurses Day from all of us at The Outstanding Society. We'd like to take this opportunity to celebrate Nurses in Social Care and the amazing work they do every day.

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Interested in hearing more? 

Tune in to hear fresh insights from SCNACs chairs and influential figures in social care and beyond on The Social Care Spotlight Podcast. 

Hosted by The Outstanding Society, the podcast delves into the councils’ evolution, discusses national and local priorities, and explores a shared vision for the future of Adult Social Care.



You may have seen us talk about SCNACs and wondered “What is SCNACs?” 

Well, here’s an explanation from Professor Deborah Sturdy CBE, Chief Nurse for Social Care: 

“Social Care Nursing is an important part of the Health and Care system.

The reforming of the Social Care Nurse Advisory Councils ( SCNAC’s) into 7 regional councils will ensure a stronger collaboration between other sector colleagues from workforce, research and HEI’s and facilitate a greater number of voices to influence and shape work with NHSE ICB Nurse colleagues and their teams.

These forums will act as touchstones for every ICB (Integrated Care Board) nurse, making sure social care nursing and the wider workforce are included in the development of nursing plans across all health and care settings.

These peer advisory groups bring a wealth of experience, insight and expertise to the table, better informing the development of nursing practice, system-wide.

I hope colleagues will come forward and be part of that critical social care nursing specialist voice.”

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We are delighted to be elected regional chair and co-chair for SW Social Care Nursing Advisory Council (SCNAC).

We both have extensive experience working in Adult Social Care, Charlotte has also worked in community health teams supporting care homes funded by CCG, now ICB’s.


We see the role of SW SCNAC as bridge between Adult Social Care Nursing and Integrated Care Boards, but more importantly being the voice for Adult Social Care Nurses within the health and social care system. Our role is to build a council Social Care Nurses and representatives from supporting organisations where we can identify priorities to work on to support well being of people living in the South West of England.


We believe recognition of Social Care Nurses, and the work that they do is growing. Alongside Emily is delighted to be the first Social Care Nurse to carry the lamp at the 59th Florence Nightingale Foundation Commemoration Service. The Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service – 2024 news – Florence Nightingale Foundation (

Charlotte Fry, Chair & Emily Pimm co-chair, South West Region

Thank you to all of the outstanding Nurses working every day in Social care, through the many specialties of social care we have the most wonderful autonomous nursing colleagues. 

As we reflect on this years international Nurses day, we reflect on the impact on the sector nurses are having. Nursing in social care has a voice through a recognised forum supported by the Department of Health and Social Care. This is the Social Care Nurse advisory Councils in your area, In the South We have the lovely Zoe Fry leading our council with myself as the co chair.

A new specialist course has been developed within Social care its never been more exciting to be a nurse in social care. With a Social Care Nurse holding the lamp at the Prestigious Florence Nightingale Commemorative service for the first time.

Social care has the solutions and now has a seat at the Health Care table, and we are showing everyone our amazing world of social care nursing

Become involved in your Social Care voice by having a look at SCNACs Regional Chairs and Co-Chairs

I’m incredibly honoured to have been elected by my colleagues as Chair of the Southeast’s Social Care Nursing Advisory Council. 

Alongside me stands my remarkable co-chair, Scarlett MacDonald, and a team of extraordinary nursing colleagues who are instrumental in shaping the inaugural Southeast Regional Council. (Joanna Grant, Victoria Mcharo, Charlotte Tomlinson and Walter Chikanya

I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude and admiration to every nurse dedicated to adult social care. A special mention goes out to my colleagues in the Southeast Region, and my thanks go to our colleagues in the NHS. 

Happy Nurses Day to all the incredible nurses out there! Your dedication, compassion, and hard work are truly inspiring. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of so many.

Emily Pimm Co-Chair_ South West

The Social Care Nursing Advisory Councils (SCNACs) express immense delight in announcing that Emily Pimm, one of our recently appointed co-chairs, has been selected as the Lamp Carrier for the upcoming 59th Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) Commemoration Service at Westminster Abbey in May.

This honor holds significant importance for our sector, marking a truly special moment.

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Nursing Careers in Social Care Resource from Skills for Care. 

We’re pleased to share Skills for Care’s new careers resource for Nursing in Adult Social Care which has been designed to demonstrate the different opportunities and routes people have taken in their nursing careers to reach their current position.

Each nursing story highlights the day-to-day activities of their current role, what brings them joy, how they started and developed their careers, and the qualifications they’ve completed. #WeAreSocialCareNursing

Nursing Recruitment and Retention Toolkit Webinar Series

Wednesday 15 May 2024 and Wednesday 12 June

Recruiting and Retaining the Nursing workforce within the Social Care Sector is now more important than ever. Skills for Care have two webinars covering opportunities for restorative clinical supervision and developing the nursing associate role in social care. 

These webinars are designed for those invested in the social care nursing workforce and with input from key stakeholders will explore best practices in both topics.


Follow your Compassion - By the RCN Foundation working with The King's Fund

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Follow Your Compassion is an ethnographic record of the working lives of twenty two newly qualified and registered nurses and midwives across the UK in 2023. 

The project is a companion piece to The Courage of Compassion (2020), a report by The King’s Fund and RCN Foundation which described the core workplace needs of nurses and midwives, and what must be done to meet them.

This project isn’t about providing recommendations for what should happen next, these can be found in The Courage of Compassion (2020), which clearly articulates action that is consistent with the themes presented in this project. The aim of Follow Your Compassion is much simpler. It is to present the experiences of newly qualified and registered staff unfiltered, so that they might be seen, heard and understood better. 

Following the commissioning of the Resilience – based Clinical Supervision (RBCS) programme from the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) social care nurses are able to access a 13 hour facilitated course where they learn and practice the art of clinical supervision.

RBCS is a structured approach to supervision which focuses on the emotional regulation systems.  It supports the development of facilitation, communication and active listening skills.

This programme is fully funded and available for any social care nurse working in England. It will be running over the next 2-3 years.

Participating social care nurses are telling us how they are connecting with other people in the sector and supporting one another.

• This training has given me the confidence that I’ll be able to conduct supervision with my colleagues and be able to not just have a quick conversation but a meaningful one.

• I definitely think I can bring some support to the team and make all staff feel that they are heard, and they are important.

• I’m sure I will be able to utilise the skills taught within supervision and the course has really increased my confidence in doing so. Thank you.

• I have really enjoyed this programme, it has exceeded my expectations and I am leaving confident in being able to utilise the skills I have learnt within my role.

• Feel refreshed and renewed. Felt like running away from last 30 years at the start.

The Resilience-based Clinical Supervision model is enabling nurses to support colleagues in their own care home.

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