Chief Nursing Officer appoints first-ever adviser for care home nursing

Ruth May, England’s most senior nurse has appointed the lead on health and wellbeing for Chelsea Pensioners as her advisor on improving support for care home nurses.

Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE will provide advice from nurses working in care homes, aiming to ensure that the voices of nurses are heard at the very top of the nursing profession.

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England “I am delighted to welcome Deborah as the first ever strategic advisor for care home nursing – it is fantastic news for team CNO, for care home nurses and for people who benefit from their care.”

“During the Year of the Nurse and Midwife I want to celebrate the diversity of our profession, and 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 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.

Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE, chief nursing officer for England’s strategic advisor for care home nursing “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.”