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Shape of caring review

The Shape of Caring Review, (Raising the Bar) published in March 2015, aims to ensure that throughout their careers nurses and care assistants receive consistent high quality education and training which supports high quality care over the next 15 years.

The Shape of Caring review sets out 34 recommendations under eight themes:

  1. Enhancing the voice of the patient and the public
  2. Valuing the care assistant role
  3. Widening access for care assistants who wish to enter nursing
  4. Developing a flexible model
  5. Assuring a high-quality learning environment for pre-registration nurses
  6. Assuring high quality, ongoing learning for registered nurses
  7. Assuring sustainable research and innovation
  8. Assuring high-quality funding and commissioning

The review was led by an independent Chair, Lord Willis of Knaresborough and overseen by a Sponsoring Board, co-chaired by Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing, HEE, and Jackie Smith, CEO, Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). The Chair was assisted by, and received expert advice from, the HEE Nursing & Midwifery Advisory Group and HEE Patient’s Advisory Forum.

HEE has since responded to the Shape of Caring review. The report can now be downloaded.

A bulletin has been produced called Care Matters to keep key stakeholders updated on progress and includes links to blogs from from our nursing policy team. Download the first issue from this page. 

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality, Health Education said:

“The review and our stakeholder engagement exercise stimulated real debate about the future shape of training for nursing and care staff. We have listened to the views of a wide range of people including patients and representational groups and healthcare providers.  They were clear that they wanted high-quality education, placements and life-long learning to help support them deliver individual, focused training that meets patient need.

“This is a real opportunity to deliver real change and I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in this exercise.”





Guidance on revalidation

Two documents on revalidation can be downloaded from the foot of this page - Revalidation for Nurses and Midwives working in HEE - Guidance for Managers, including a template. 

How to revalidate with the NMC: A practical guide for Practice Nurses

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