Leading nurse Dame Eileen Sills appointed to advisory role at the NMC

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse Dame Eileen Sills will work closely with NMC chief executive Jackie Smith to advise her on public protection issues. 

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has appointed a leading nurse as an advisor to its chief executive Jackie Smith.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse, Dame Eileen Sills, is taking up a role as a senior nurse adviser at the regulator. 

Ms Smith said that Ms Sills brings with her ‘a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her role leading nursing and midwifery services’ at the London trust. 

Ms Sills, who is also the director of patient experience at the London trust and is the clinical director for London’s strategic clinical network for dementia, has previously provided dementia awareness training to prime minister David Cameron, and members of the cabinet.

She also advised the then prime minister Gordon Brown, as a member of his commission, on the future of nursing. 

Ms Smith said: 'I am delighted to welcome Dame Eileen to the NMC.

‘We are committed to improving how we protect the public through modern and effective regulation.  We recognise that nurses and midwives have an important role in shaping how we deliver public protection. 

‘Eileen’s experience will be a valuable resource and add a contemporary nursing perspective to our work.’

Ms Sills said: ‘I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to work with the NMC and I look forward to working closely with Jackie Smith.’

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