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Dame Eileen Sills DBE

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Chief nurse and deputy chief executive, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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Eileen Sills trained in Stockport and qualified as a registered nurse in 1983, she held a number of post registration positions within both general medicine and accident and emergency medicine. 

She moved to London in 1985 where she took up her first senior position as a sister in a busy A&E department at North Middlesex Hospital, followed by a short stint as a clinical tutor before taking up the post of Ward Sister in 1990.

The ward developed into one of the first funded Nursing Development Units. Having then taking a short break to have her first child, Eileen moved to UCLH as a senior nurse for A&E, followed by four years at the Royal Free Hospital, where she was a divisional nurse and deputy general manager.

This led to her first board appointment as director of nursing at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 1999, moving on in 2001 to Whipps Cross Hospital as the director of nursing, becoming deputy chief executive in 2003.

Following the departure of the chief executive officer, she acted as chief executive before moving to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 as their chief nurse.

Within six months of her appointment, Eileen took on the additional responsibilities of the director of clinical services and in 2007 was appointed as chief nurse and chief operating officer.

Due to the increasing complexity of the role 2012, the role split and Eileen’s portfolio has focussed on being the chief nurse and improving the patient experience, being made deputy chief executive in 2016.

Eileen was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Years Honours list for services to nursing, and subsequently made a Dame in 2015. She holds two visiting professorships at King’s College London and London South bank Universities.

She is the chair of the Grant’s Committee for the Burdett Trust. Eileen has a national reputation for strong, visible, clinical leadership, and her drive to take senior nurses back to the bedside has earned her a national reputation for her clinical Friday’s initiative.


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