Sharon Blackburn RGN RMN is Policy and Communications Director for the National Care Forum (NCF) – the leading representative body for not-for-profit care providers in the UK. Until April 2009 Sharon was the Managing Director for Heart of England Housing and Care Ltd. She has developed skills in social care and health policy, for which she represents the NCF, and a particular interest in the management of change, regularly working with Chief Executive Officers, Directors and Boards on the successful management of change.
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 and responsibilities. She has held the posts of Director of Nursing and Director of Quality Assurance in one of the largest care providers. She serves on a number of national policy groups, where she seeks to bridge the gap between policy and practice, including: the former Prime Ministers Nursing and Care Quality Forum (where she had a lead role all care settings and social care); as National 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 a Director of the charity The Residential Forum and serving on the England Advisory Group for My Home Life programme promoting improved quality of life in care home settings. She is a Board Member of EAHSA ; a Director of CommonAge and a Trustee of NAPA.