Reflections on Social Care’s First Lamp Carrier

Today our Director Zoe Fry OBE, is still on a high from the wonderful Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service 2024, held in the breathtaking Westminster Abbey.

The 59th Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service saw 2,200 nurses and midwives celebrated the life of Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day 2024.

A very poignant service in particular for members of the Social Care Nursing Advisory Councils (SCNACs) and the Social Care Sector as our very own Emily Pimm, Co-Chair of the Southwest Region was honoured the role of lamp carrier for the service making Emily the first Social Care Nurse to hold this role. This honour holds significant importance for our sector, marking a truly special moment.

Nursing in social care is complex, grounded in person-centered practice, and draws on professional autonomy and critical thinking. The visibility of social care is on the increase, and we are so proud to be part of it.

Emily said “A fantastic day celebrating the nations amazing nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals. Particularly special for me was being able to highlight the change in tide currently taking place in social care – increasing the visibility and recognition of Social Care Practitioners across the UK”

The Outstanding Society is proud to support and offer secretariat assistance for the Social Care Nursing Advisory Councils (SCNACs) and to work closely with them in building the reputation of social care nursing into the forefront of people’s minds as we move into general election territory where we hope to see the social care sector and its workforce be recognised and celebrated.

Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care said “I am delighted to welcome the newly appointed Chairs and Co- Chairs to the 7 regional Social Care Nurse Advisory Councils. The task ahead is a big one in facilitating the social care nursing voice to be heard across systems. Working with the nursing and care workforce to ensure that senior nursing leader colleagues in ICB’s have the access to our specialisms voice and expertise and galvanise the energy and professional commitment of social care nursing to best affect. Nursing supports people across the system and as colleagues our specialism can provide an invaluable contribution to shaping the agenda.”

If you would like to know more about SCNACs and find information on how to join, please visit their website at www.theoutstandingsociety/scnac/

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