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.

It sets out 34 recommendations under eight themes:

  • Enhancing the voice of the patient and the public
  • Valuing the care assistant role
  • Widening access for care assistants who wish to enter nursing
  • Developing a flexible model
  • Assuring a high-quality learning environment for pre-registration nurses
  • Assuring high quality, ongoing learning for registered nurses
  • Assuring sustainable research and innovation
  • 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, Health Education England (HEE), and Jackie Smith, CEO, Nursing and Midwifery Council. The Chair was assisted by, and received expert advice from, the HEE Nursing & Midwifery Advisory Group and HEE Patient’s Advisory Forum.

Engagement phase – September/October 2015

Since the publication of Raising the Bar we have been gathering views from stakeholders on the recommendations, through a series of engagement events and Twitter chats.

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt commented on the engagement phase: “I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of the engagement phase to date, online and in person, for the high quality of debate. We have heard from hundreds of people and the clear message coming through is that now is the time for change. There is a shared energy and enthusiasm to find the best model for an ever-developing healthcare environment, one that has the patient at its heart, and that values and supports a flexible and talented carer and nursing workforce.”

Engagement events

Twelve events, attended by more than 500 people, were held across England generating a rich variety of comment and insight. A highlights video of the Leicester event is available here:

Twitter chats

We co-hosted five one hour Twitter chats inviting stakeholders to exchange opinions and ideas on the eight themes of the review. Nearly 1,000 people took part in these conversations with almost 5,000 tweets generated under the hashtag #shapeofcaring,with a total reach of just over a million people.

Summaries of the discussions are available below:

Twitter Storify summary
10 September 2015 (19.30-20.30):
Exploring Theme 4: Developing a flexible Model.
14 September 2015 (19.00-20.00):
Exploring Theme 6: Ongoing learning for registered nurses
17 September 2015 (18.30-19.30):
Engaging with student nurses
24 September 2015 (20.00-21.00):
Exploring Theme 7: Research and innovation (with @wenurses)
30 September 2015 (18.30-19.30):
Exploring Themes 1 and 2: ‘Enhancing
co-production and the voice of the patient’ and ‘Valuing care assistants’


Find out how we are shaping the future training and role of health care assistants and nurses by accessing a range of resources.

The Shape of Caring Review report
The Shape of Caring Review report summary
Supplementary document – postgraduate education and career pathway in nursing
The Shape of Caring Review – Lord Willis interview