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Exclusive: England’s first chief nurse sets out her roadmap for adult social care

Achieving more respect for social care will be a key priority, England’s first chief nurse for adult social care has revealed in an exclusive interview with Care Home Management.

Speaking to magazine editor Ailsa Colquhoun, Professor Deborah Sturdy reveals how she plans to be a voice and a champion for adult social care as it recovers from the pandemic. She said: “Social care has not been well represented and it is not well respected. There is a lot of work to do in levelling up social care and achieving parity in terms of employment terms and conditions.”

During the interview, Professor Sturdy shared insight into the long-awaited social care reform, telling care homes that this this is not “sitting in a drawer”. Prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to unveil the details of the new plans for social care before the end of the year.

She also spelled out the role of employers in retaining and developing staff, including through take-up of the nurse associate role. As care sector recruitment campaigns run across the country, she urged employers to maximise the opportunities of increased interest in social care careers as a result of the pandemic.

She says: ”The world’s in a different place. Here’s an opportunity for people to actually think about a career in social care. Give people opportunities to see a different value in their daily working life that they’re probably not experienced in other sectors. It’s for the sector itself to bang its own drum.”

Listen to the full interview now in this exclusive new Care Home Management podcast.

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