As a nurse leader, you don’t have to be a hero

Dame Eileen Sills, known for strong leadership, is focusing on staff well-being – including her own
Eileen Sills

Dame Eileen Sills’ strong and visible leadership style has been hugely influential. Now she is focusing on staff well-being - and admitting her own vulnerability

Back in April, Nursing Standard started working with NHS England on a project to celebrate the NHS’s 70th anniversary in July: we would identify and publish a list of 70 of the most influential nurses in the NHS’s history, from its inception in 1948 to the present day. The shortlisting and judging process, which involved the UK's four chief nursing officers, was not easy; some brilliant nurses didn’t make the list. One who did was Eileen Sills.

As chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Dame Eileen Sills’ style of clinical leadership has had influence nationally. If you work in an


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