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Chief nurse appoints first ever national adviser on care home nursing

Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Deborah Sturdy will pass on expert advice from front-line care home nurses to help influence policy and best practice
Picture of Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Deborah Sturdy, who will pass on expert advice to England’s chief nurse from front-line care home nurses to help influence policy and best practice.

Royal Hospital Chelseas Deborah Sturdy will pass on expert advice from front-line care home nurses to help influence policy and best practice

The first ever national adviser on care home nursing has been appointed by Englands chief nursing officer Ruth May.

Royal Hospital Chelseas director of health and well-being Deborah Sturdy will provide Ms May with expert advice from care home 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, NHS England said.

Professor Sturdy said she was delighted to work with Ms May in the new role: This is a fantastic opportunity

Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Deborah Sturdy will pass on expert advice from front-line care home nurses to help influence policy and best practice

Picture of Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Deborah Sturdy, who will pass on expert advice to England’s chief nurse from front-line care home nurses to help influence policy and best practice.
Deborah Sturdy Picture: Nathan Clarke

The first ever national adviser on care home nursing has been appointed by England’s chief nursing officer Ruth May.

Royal Hospital Chelsea’s director of health and well-being Deborah Sturdy will provide Ms May ‘with expert advice from care home 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,’ NHS England said.

Professor Sturdy said she was delighted to work with Ms May in the new role: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for me to shine a light on the important work of nurses across social care.'

The new role, which started at the beginning of February, is part of a strategy set out in the NHS Long Term Plan to help the ageing population.

New post will ensure the voices of care homes nurses are heard

One of the objectives is to offer more support to care homes to ensure they have stronger links with general practices and community services.

Ms May said: ‘This new role reflects how important care home nurses are in delivering high-quality clinical care, dignity and independence for so many older people.’

Professor Sturdy previously worked as honorary nurse adviser for Care England, the body representing providers of care homes and home care services. She is a fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the RCN as well as being a trustee of the International Longevity Centre and the Foundation of Nursing Studies.

As part of the new role she will pass on advice from front-line care home nurses to Ms May to help influence policy and best practice.

‘The new post will ensure that the voices of nurses in care homes are heard at the very top of the nursing profession,’ NHS England said.


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