The Shape of Caring Review twitter chats #shapeofcaring @NHS_HealthEdEng

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.

This resulted in ‘Raising the Bar’ which set 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

Engagement process and events

Since the publication of Raising the Bar we have been listening to the views of stakeholders and starting in September 2015 we will be engaging with up to 900 individuals across England in six locations, gathering their expert views on which of the 34 recommendations HEE should take to the Board for approval.

If you have been nominated to one of these events, we look forward to meeting you and getting your input.  Look out for a video to be released following the events providing highlights of the discussions at the HEE’sYouTube channel.

Twitter chats

There is also an opportunity to have your say in a series of Twitter chats taking place in September.

The chats will be hosted by Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt (@hee_lisaBP) with HEE’s Director of Nursing and Karina Kolyva (@KaterinaKolyva) Director of Continued Practice at the NMC.

These chats will give people an opportunity to put forward questions, make observations and signpost relevant articles and commentary.

To get involved, just log into your Twitter account at the start of the chat and add the hashtag#shapeofcaring to your posts to share your comments with others in the discussion.

If you miss any of the Twitter chats, a summary of the main points of the discussion will be shared on Twitter@NHS_HealthEdEng and via a weblink available from this page.

Log-in, join in and have your say on our Shape of Caring Review Twitter chats

Thursday 24 September 2015 (8-9pm)

Wednesday 30 September 2015 (6.30-7.30pm)

  • Exploring Themes 1 and 2: ‘Enhancing co-production and the voice of the patient’ and ‘Valuing care assistants’

Never taken part in a Twitter chat?

Here’s a simple Twitter chat guide that should help. If you have further queries, the communications team at HEE are on hand to help. Get in touch at Put Shape of Caring Review in the subject line.


Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Lisa was appointed as Director of Nursing at HEE in 2012 and in this role she is responsible for leading national policy, workforce planning, and multi-professional education and training commissioning for the non-medical healthcare workforce. Key achievements include establishing the Shape of Caring Review, development and piloting of pre-degree care experience for aspirantnurses and leading the ‘return to practice’ initiative.

Dr Katerina Kolyva

Dr Katerina Kolyva is currently the Director of Continued Practice at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Professor Nicki Latham

Nicki is responsible for performance reporting at HEE, is HEE’s Senior Responsible Officer for the Values Based Recruitment project and is the executive lead for research and innovation and information systems.


Find out how we are shaping the future role of health care assistants 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

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