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Top paediatric nurse joins private hospital for children


Shelley Mieres, one of London’s most experienced paediatric nurses, has joined the senior management team at the Portland Hospital for Women and Children.

She has been appointed as the children’s services manager and will have a central role in the planned expansion of the children’s hospital.

Demand for paediatric care at the Portland has grown by 80% over the past five years, said the hospital.

The Portland Hospital is the UK’s largest private children’s hospital, treating more than 43,000 children a year.

“Shelley Mieres will have a pivotal role as we expand paediatric services and reconfigure other facilities at this hospital”

Janene Madden

It has 58 paediatric beds including a 10-bed paediatric intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit, special care baby unit, transitional care unit, neuro-rehabilitation Unit, medical and surgical wards, and a dedicated day-case unit.

In March the hospital announced a £20m extension. The scheme includes a new link bridge between The Portland and the adjacent Argosy House, where the hospital already occupies two floors.

Janene Madden, chief executive of The Portland, said the expansion of paediatric services was driven by the increasing demand for private paediatric care from both within the UK and also internationally.

“Shelley Mieres will have a pivotal role as we expand paediatric services and reconfigure other facilities at this hospital,” she said. “I am delighted she has joined us, bringing her very considerable experience in the management of complex care services for children in some of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals.”

Ms Mieres trained at King’s College London and went on to hold a range of senior posts at Guy’s, Barts and The London, and Great Ormond Street.

She was most recently matron for children and young people at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Speaking on her new appointment, Ms Mieres said: “The investment in technologies, staff and governance structures has been immense. The plans for the expansion are very exciting and I am very pleased to be here.”


Readers' comments (2)

  • A sad loss to the NHS where such specialised skills are needed. The private sector contributes nothing to the education or acquisition of experience and reaps the benefits.

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  • Thirty years ago when I joined the Private Sector the NHS was closing down 100's of old Victorian wards for the Elderly and we took on the task of replacing them with Nursing Homes. All the staff came from the NHS because, at the time they were being made redundant, together with the Inspection teams of the Local Area NHS they were responcible for the formation of many the beautiful Care Homes which we have today.
    Care homes (with Nursing) have to provide Nurses under the CQC rules and for years now we have been actively recruiting overseas nurses as we were aware of the lack of nurses being trained by the NHS, this initiative was NOT supported at the time by the Trade Unions or the NHS, you will note that, since the crisis in the NHS the attitude of the establishment has changed .
    With regards to training Nurses we advocated that the Nursing Homes ought to be involved in training specialist Nurses utilising proven HCA's for many years now and always been met with ridicule and derision from the establishment.
    This attitude is nothing new within the NHS ,palliative care of the elderly ,I understand has always been the Cinderella of Nursing. This is not the case now and we are proud of what has been acheived in this very under valued field of Nursing.
    By the way, it is the General Public that reaps the benefits perhaps you and others should talk to them before slagging us off.

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