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Guy’s and St Thomas’ names new chief nurse

Avey Bhatia, who succeeds Dame Eileen Sills, pledges to tackle barriers faced by some nurses
Avey Bhatia, the newly appointed chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trustv

Avey Bhatia, who will succeed Dame Eileen Sills, pledges to tackle career barriers faced by some nurses

The newly appointed chief nurse at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust says she is committed to addressing the barriers some nurses face in advancing their careers.

Avey Bhatia, who will take over from the trusts current chief nurse, Dame Eileen Sills , in the autumn, said she is a passionate believer in professional development, training and education for the entire workforce.

I have personal experience of the challenges and barriers some colleagues face

Ms Bhatia is currently chief operating officer at St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, also in London.

As one of the first Asian chief nurses

Avey Bhatia, who will succeed Dame Eileen Sills, pledges to tackle career barriers faced by some nurses

Picture of Avey Bhatia, the newly appointed chief nurse Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Avey Bhatia, newly appointed chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

The newly appointed chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust says she is committed to addressing the barriers some nurses face in advancing their careers.

Avey Bhatia, who will take over from the trust’s current chief nurse, Dame Eileen Sills, in the autumn, said she is a passionate believer in professional development, training and education for the entire workforce.

‘I have personal experience of the challenges and barriers some colleagues face’

Ms Bhatia is currently chief operating officer at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, also in London.

‘As one of the first Asian chief nurses of a hospital trust in the UK, I have personal experience of the challenges and barriers some colleagues face in advancing their careers and I am committed to playing my part in addressing these,’ she said.

Having previously trained as a critical care nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’, one of the biggest trusts in the UK, with more than 17,000 staff, she said she was excited and proud to be returning.

Ms Bhatia joined St George’s in 2017 as chief nurse and director of infection prevention control, after holding several senior nursing leadership roles, including chief nurse posts at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

Depth and breadth of experience, new perspectives and proven commitment

Guy’s and St Thomas’ chief executive Ian Abbs said: ‘Ms Bhatia's significant depth and breadth of experience, new perspectives and proven commitment to patients and staff will make her a valuable addition to our leadership team.’

He also thanked Dame Eileen, who has been chief nurse at the trust since 2005, for her service to the trust and the wider NHS.

Dame Eileen was named among the most influential nurses in the history of the NHS in a joint Nursing Standard-NHS England project celebrating the 70th anniversary of the health service in 2018.


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