Sharon Blackburn CBE, RGN RMN: Policy and Communications Director
Sharon has worked in the independent care sector for over 20 years, having previously spent 10 years in the NHS in a variety of roles. She has held the posts of director of nursing and director of quality assurance in one of the largest UK care providers and was the managing director for Heart of England Housing and Care until 2009. She has served on a number of national policy groups, where she seeks to bridge the gap between policy and practice, including: the Nursing and Care Quality Forum (with a lead role for care settings and social care); as advisor to the National Council for Palliative Care on older people, dementia and end-of-life care; member of the programme board for the review of a Choice offer in End of Life Care and the advisory group for My Home Life. She is director of the Residential Forum, a board member of EAHSA; a director of CommonAge and a trustee of NAPA.
Sharon began her role at the National Care Forum in 2009. In addition to representing members at national and international events, Sharon has developed skills in social care and health policy and regularly works with directors and boards on the successful management of change.
Sharon was awarded an CBE in the 2016 New Years Honours for services to nursing and the not-for-profit care sector.