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Professor Deborah Sturdy visits Excelcare homes in Cambridge

Professor Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, visits two Excelcare homes

Yesterday, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Professor Deborah Sturdy, accompanied by Jamie Weatherhead, the Deputy Director for Covid-19 Strategy, visited two Excelcare homes based in Cambridge to experience daily life in each home, and to meet the people who live and work there.
As part of Professor Sturdy’s role as the Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, she celebrates and shares the achievements of nurses and all team members who work in the sector, helping to educate teams and the wider public about best practice, and leading the way in delivering solutions to challenges that have been identified. As part of her role, Professor Sturdy loves to meet with team members working in the social care sector, so that she can listen, support and congratulate them on their achievements.

Earlier in the year, Professor Sturdy hosted a webinar in collaboration with Excelcare’s Director of Care,Quality and Transformation, Samantha Crawley about Excellence in Nursing. During this webinar, Professor Sturdy met with nurses and team members from across the Excelcare family as part of an open conversation; sharing stories with them and learning about the many ways the Excelcare Nursing team
deliver excellent person-centred care.

Professor Sturdy was then invited to visit two of Excelcare’s homes in Cambridge to meet the team and residents, and take a walk around each home, which she happily accepted.

This morning, Professor Sturdy met the team working at Etheldred House in Cambridge. This is a large,modern home located in the quaint village of Histon. She enjoyed a walk around the home and getting to know the people living there, before sitting down for acup of tea and a slice of cake. This provided Professor Sturdy with the opportunity to chat with the team working there and learn more about what makes Etheldred House unique, as well as sharing her own valuable insights with them.

Home Manager, Santall said, “It was an honour to meet Professor Sturdy and welcome her to Etheldred House. I know the whole team appreciated the time she dedicated to chatting with them, showing an interest in their roles and the valuable advice she shared.”

After saying goodbye and thanking the team, Professor Sturdy went to visit Fitzwilliam House, a CQC rated Outstanding care home, situated in Cottenham. Fitzwilliam is a smaller, more intimate home, that achieves excellence through the dedicated care and support they provide to each person who lives there.

During her visit, Professor Sturdy viewed the home, met the team and caught up with some of the people who live there. Many residents took the time to share why living at Fitzwilliam House is so special, and shared stories about some of the things they get up to.

Professor Sturdy & colleagues were very impressed with what she saw and relayed this back to the team when they sat down for a catch up at the end.

Home Manager, Claire Keen said, “Professor Saturday really showed an interest in our team, their
individual roles and important part they each play in making Fitzwilliam House a CQC rated Outstanding
care home. We know how busy her schedule is, so we’re all very appreciative of the time she took to sit
and talk with us”


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