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”
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.”