Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE has been appointed the first ever strategic advisor for care home nursing.
She will provide the chief nursing officer for England, Ruth May, with expert advice from those nurses working to deliver the high-quality clinical care for people living in care homes, helping them to stay healthy, happy and independent for longer.
The new post will ensure that the voices of nurses in care homes are heard at the very top of the nursing profession.
Professor Sturdy has worked across health and social care throughout her career, including as Director of Health and Wellbeing at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, and as Honorary Nurse Advisor for Care England, the body representing providers of care homes and home care services. She is also a Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), as well as being a trustee of the International Longevity Centre – UK and Foundation of Nursing Studies.
“I am delighted to be working with Ruth and her team as the first strategic advisor on nurses working in care homes. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to shine a light on the important work of nurses across social care,” she said.