My name is Jane Douglas and I have recently been appointed to the post of Chief Nurse with the Care Inspectorate, which I commenced in March. The role, which is a new role, sits within the Strategy and Improvement Directorate. As the Chief Nurse, I provide clinical leadership to the Care Inspectorate and specialist clinical and professional advice. I will be working to influence national policy and strategy in regard to social care and the social care workforce.
I have experience working in social care and social work, having been a provider and a commissioner, therefore I have good insight into the issues and challenges that the sector is facing.
I am especially interested in the role of the nurse in care homes, the uniqueness of the role and how it has changed over the last decade. Equally, I am interested in other roles within social care and how these are developing because of the challenges that we are faced with to provide safe, effective care, in the right place, at the right time, by the right person.
I am passionate about excellence in social care and I am keen to support the development of the role of the nurse in social care along with the development of health care support workers, ensuring that we have clear development opportunities, governance and support systems in place for the staff who are employed across the sector. Care homes in particular have a very different demography now compared to 10- 15 years ago. As when people move into care homes, they are frailer and have multiple complex long-term conditions. This is one of the successes of supporting people to remain in their own homes for longer. We do however have workforce challenges and need to ensure health and social care is fit to meet the demands of the future.