Henley House, a new Greensleeves Care home in Ipswich, recently welcomed Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, and her DHSC colleague, Fred Atkinson, as part of the care charity’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Professor Sturdy spoke with members of the Henley House team about the care sector, as well as meeting with the home’s Residents’ Committee.
The Residents’ Committee was highlighted in Henley House’s recent (and first) CQC inspection, which praised the fact that residents are involved in making key decisions in the running of the home, which strives to be ‘resident-led.’
Professor Sturdy also spoke with Jill Pye, a retired nurse who is now a resident at Henley House, about the ways in which the profession has changed throughout the years and the challenges it faces today. Jill, along with fellow resident Joan Marsden, were recently recognised in the local news on International Women’s Day for their work as part of the Residents’ Committee.
Together with Paul Newman, Chief Executive of Greensleeves Care, Professor Sturdy unveiled a plaque which marks the commemorative tree that residents planted to celebrate Greensleeves Care’s Silver Anniversary on 1st April this year.
Paul Newman said: “On behalf of the residents and my colleagues, we would like to thank Deborah and Fred for visiting Henley House. Residents and colleagues were delighted to show off their new home and highlight best practice. The event flowed and everyone enjoyed discussing the intrinsic importance of the care sector to society, as well as the challenges facing today’s sector.”
Professor Sturdy was appointed as the first Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in 2020. According to Gov.uk, this new role was created with the aim of representing social care nurses and providing clinical leadership to the workforce whilst ensuring the provision of ‘high quality, personalised, joined-up care.’