Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE has been appointed Care England’s first ever strategic advisor for social care nursing, its chief nursing officer for England Ruth May has announced.
Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care.
The new strategic advisor for social care nursing will provide the chief nursing officer with expert advice collated from care home nurses.
Care England said that the role will also help the NHS in achieving its Long Term Plan of ensuring that care homes have stronger links with local GPs and community services.
Professor Sturdy commented: “I am delighted to be taking on this role with Ruth and her team as the first Strategic Advisor on nurses working in Social Care. This is a significant opportunity to shine a light on the important work of nurses across the system.
“This role affords them a platform for their voice to be heard and included as part of Ruth’s vision for nursing, and to influence the integration agenda more broadly.”
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, added: “I am thrilled with Professor Sturdy’s appointment. As proven by her esteemed career, including her role at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, a member of Care England, Deborah is a force for good and a champion for care home nurses.
“Care home nurses are often undervalued and do not have a sufficient voice, I hope that this appointment will correct this anomaly and go some way in maintaining the long term future of adult social care in conjunction with the NHS.
“I was particularly pleased that The Chief Nurse the Deputy Chief Nurse and Professor Sturdy were able to meet with Care England members last week to discuss the issues around social care nursing”.