Nurses come second only to doctors as the most important profession according to a survey by care provider HC-One.
In a survey of 1507 adults in the UK, people were asked to rank a list of 10 jobs in order of importance. Doctors came first with nurses in second place, followed by police officers and firefighters. The top 10 is as follows:
3. Police Officer
Carers and dentists were also recognised in the list and ranked higher than lawyers and politicians.
Dr Chai Patel, chairman of HC-One, said: 'The nursing care provided at all of the homes is vital to Residents and to HC-One. It is a cornerstone of what HC-One stands for, and without the hard work and dedication of our nursing team, HC-One would not be where we are today – providing truly kind and quality care.'
The poll was carried out by HC-One and in assocation with YouGov.
HC-One is the third largest care home provider for older people.