Shape of caring review

The Shape of Caring Review 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.

Bringing together findings and expertise from recent major reports, the review intends to promote good practice from across the country and provoke wide debate on a number of high profile issues relating to the education and training of care assistants and nurses.

The review has been 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 has been assisted by, and received expert advice from, the HEE Nursing & Midwifery Advisory Group and HEE Patient’s Advisory Forum.

The review held an extensive engagement programme which included observing models of best practice and considering submissions representing the views of many hundreds of individuals – including public, service users and front-line staff.

Next steps

The next step is for HEE and NMC to engage on the recommendations; there will be a consultation and development phase before HEE and NMC take any of these forward.

The engagement activity is in the process of being planned for late spring and early summer and will be advertised on the website. If in the meantime you have any initial feedback on the review please email

The Shape of Caring Review 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