SCNACs Regional Chairs and Co-Chairs

The Outstanding Society (OS) is thrilled to support and offer secretariat assistance for the Social Care Nursing Advisory Councils (SCNACs). The OS is currently crafting the SCNACs Website, with further details forthcoming.

“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.”
Deborah Sturdy CBE
Chief Nurse For Adult social care

Following the formation of the Social Care Nurse Advisory Councils in 2022, we have reflected on the work the councils have done, where we have seen some incredible work.

I am conscious that we have seen people stepping down and the reluctance of people to come forward to fill gaps, and I am concerned that we are leaving some colleagues behind. There is very little resource to support this work, and we have decided to ensure more robust governance, better comms, meeting recording, and dissemination. We re-grouped into 7 regional councils with connections to the ICB footprint within them.

The voice of social care nursing needs to be heard, and we all have a responsibility to ensure it is. The contribution social care nursing makes to the health and social care system is critical. In a system made up of 19,000 providers, this is inevitably no mean feat for us. Creating a structure that can help bring those voices together and ensure they are represented within the profession and within the system is key.

The newly formed 7 regional super Social Care Nurse Advisory Councils (SCNACs) will be key influencers on the footprint of ICS and provide a link for ICB nurses to use their knowledge and experience to help inform thinking and considerations of an inclusive professional nursing agenda.

SCNAC regional organisation diagram

We look after the same people at different times on their care continuum, and working together, we can utilise opportunity and resources to best effect.

The chairs of these councils have now been established, and the table below sets this out. The Outstanding Society will be hosting the website where you can find further information about your region.

We need you to participate, contribute and be active in your regions.

North East and YorkshireAnthony BirminghamKaren Roberts
North WestKaren DaviesMichelle Howarth
East of EnglandHelen JacksonLouise Jenkins
MidlandsAnita AstleJo-Anne Wilson
LondonNuno Santos LopesLouise Keane
South EastZoë FryScarlett MacDonald
South WestCharlotte FryEmily Pimm

The chairs will work with colleagues from other organisations to strengthen the voice and influence, galvanise support, and ensure that meetings and minutes are available to you all as partners in those efforts.

Through these councils, we can come together and, in partnership with others, be a strong advocate for each other and help to shape the future of care wherever that is delivered and ensure we as a profession are at the centre of finding solutions, making use of opportunities and stand proud of our specialism.

The Outstanding Society will be hosting the chairs and providing secretariat support from a DHSC grant. The Chairs will be in touch in the coming weeks to share plans.

Scan the QR code or follow this link to find the relevant contact details for the different regions.

For general enquires please contact Sonia on [email protected]

The appointed chairs and co-chairs are forming their councils. The first regional meetings will be held in June 2024 and quarterly thereafter.

If you are a registered nurse, student or nursing associate working within the sector and would like to be considered for a seat on the Council to help shape the future of care, please contact Sonia or the regional chair/co-chair to learn more.


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