Dame Eileen Sills, DBE
Eileen was appointed as a ward sister on a medical ward at North Middlesex in 1990 and within 2 years had developed the ward to become one of the first funded Nursing Development Units in the country, supported by a 3 year grant from the King’s Fund. At the same time Eileen was awarded a Florence Nightingale travel scholarship. From 1994 Eileen progressed her career taking opportunities to gain experience in both general management and senior nursing leadership positions across a number of hospitals within North London. This led to her first appointment as a Director of Nursing in 1999 at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, in 2001 she moved to Whipps Cross Hospital as the Director of Nursing and became Deputy Chief Executive in 2003 and following the departure of the CEO acted as Chief Executive before moving to Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 as their Chief Nurse. Within 6 months of her appointment Eileen took on the additional responsibilities of the Director of Clinical Services and in 2007 was appointed as Chief Operating Officer. Following the substantive appointment of a Chief Operating Officer in 2012, Eileen’s portfolio changed taking on Director of Patient Experience.
Eileen was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Years Honours list for services to nursing, 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. In August 2013 Eileen was appointed as the Clinical Director for London’s Strategic Network for Dementia.
In the 2015 Queen’s New Year Honours, Eileen was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to the nursing profession.