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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 and Midwifery Council (NMC). The Chair was assisted by, and received expert advice from, the HEE Nursing and 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.



Care matters newsletter

Care Matters aims to keep stakeholders updated on progress to deliver Shape of Caring review recommendations and features comment from our nursing policy team. Download previous issues of Care Matters from this page.

Read the latest issue of Care Matters.




Narrative report

HEE has published its narrative report on progress to deliver the objectives of Raising the Bar. This document aims to capture the achievements to date and challenges for the next phase of the Shape of Caring programme. It is available to download from this page. 



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. 

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

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