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.

Engagement process: June – October 2015

HEE is now engaging on the recommendations to assist with agreeing which to take forward. A series of events will take place in the autumn for a wide range of groups and organisations to provide their views (dates/locations to be announced shortly). Once agreement has been sought on which recommendations should be prioritised, further development work will take place before these are finalised.

If you would like to feed in any comments as part of the engagement process, please email

Shape of Caring twitter chats

Health Education England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have now hosted three twitter chats to seek views and feedback on the Shape of Caring Review; please see the Storify links below:

16 September 2014:

23 March 2015:

15 June 2015:

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