First-ever Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care appointed

Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE will take up the new role to represent social care nurses and provide clinical leadership to the workforce. 

Ian Snug
8 December 2020
Social Care Nurse

She plans to engage with the frontline nursing workforce to listen to their views.

Social care nurses in England will soon benefit from the leadership and advice of the first Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, who was appointed today.

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Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE will take up the new role to represent social care nurses and provide clinical leadership to the workforce.

She will work closely with the Minister for Care and the Chief Nursing Officer in this important role to ensure the provision of high quality, personalised, joined up care.

Prof Sturdy has held a variety of roles across both health and social care, including clinical practice, management, policy and research and will continue her role as Director of Health and Wellbeing at Royal Hospital Chelsea in a part-time capacity.

Professor Sturdy said: “I am honoured to have been asked to help define a new narrative for social care nursing and support colleagues to find their voice, and contribute to the development of the workforce in thecoming months and work together to deliver the best care possible.

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“The social care nursing and care workforce together are a powerful force to help shape and deliver the health and social care agenda. I hope that in this role I will be able to give a voice to those working in social care and develop the workforce, through the difficult months ahead and beyond.

One of her main tasks will be to engage with the frontline nursing workforce to listen to their views and act as a champion for their interests in government, and the sector. She will also be promoting and raising standards for the social care nursing and wider workforce and working with our national and regional partners to celebrate success.

The Royal College of Nursing said it welcomed the appointment to the sector at such a “challenging time”.

Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, said:  “On behalf of the RCN, I would like to congratulate Prof Sturdy on her appointment as Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care.

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“Prof Sturdy has worked closely with the College for years and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. Her advice to Government will be a benefit to the sector at a challenging time.

“I look forward to working with her towards a long-term solution to the issues facing social care nursing staff and those they care for.”

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