The umbrella body Care England has announced that it has appointed two honorary nursing advisors.
Professor Trish Morris-Thompson and Deborah Sturdy have been made special advisors on nursing by the organisation to help it tackle the shortage of nurses in the sector.
Care England said the move would strengthen its networks and help to develop policy on nursing and care issues.
“There is a crisis in nursing recruitment across the independent care sector”
Both women have distinguished careers in nursing and have worked at very senior levels in the Department of Health, the NHS and the independent sector.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said: “There is a crisis in nursing recruitment across the independent care sector and Care England is determined to look for solutions and find ways to support nurses who are currently working in the independent sector.
“These nurses make an enormous contribution to the health and well-being of people living in care services and are clinical leaders within their sector,” he said.
Professor Morris-Thompson is director of quality and clinical governance at private provider Barchester Healthcare and was previously chief nurse at the former strategic health authority NHS London.
Ms Sturdy, currently working as an independent consultant and was formerly the Department of Health’s nurse adviser for older people for over 10 years.
Mr Green described both as “prominent nurse leaders and opinion formers”.
“It will be of enormous benefit to Care England and the independent sector to have their expertise, experience and input into policy,” he added.
Care England, a registered charity, represents independent care services in England.