The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has announced the appointment of Helen Whyley as its new director with immediate effect.
Ms Whyley took up the post on an interim basis on 2 November 2018, following the recent retirement of long-standing RCN Wales director, Tina Donnelly.
“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as director of RCN Wales”
Ms Whyley’s permanent appointment in the role has now been formerly announced by the RCN.
She was previously associate director (employment relations) at RCN Wales and is also currently the chair of the All Wales Trade Union Group at the Welsh NHS Partnership Forum.
She has worked in the office of the Welsh government’s chief nursing officer where her role included providing advice on workforce development, education and regulation, and safeguarding.
While there, among other projects, she worked on the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 and a review of the Post Registration Career Framework for Nurses.
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Her career with the RCN in Wales originally started in 1999 when she was appointed as an RCN professional officer.
She undertook a secondment in 2006 to the RCN UK Employment Relations Department working on national recognition agreements and organising in the independent sector.
Her clinical background is in intensive care, she worked in the cardiac intensive care unit at Morriston Hospital in Swansea. She is married with three children and lives in mid Glamorgan.
Ms Whyley said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as director of RCN Wales.
“The RCN has such a crucial role to play in supporting, protecting and advocating for nurses, healthcare support workers and nursing issues,” she said.
“I am proud to lead the team at RCN Wales who will continue to work with the members and stakeholders across Wales, to face the challenges and to celebrate the achievements of nursing professionals,” she added.