Dame Eileen Sills, DBE (born June 1962) is the Chief Nurse, Director of Patient Experience and Infection Control and a member of the board at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. She was also, briefly, the first Freedom to Speak Up National Guardian.
Before taking up the National Guardian post, she was additionally senior nursing advisor at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Chair of the nurses group for the Shelford Group of leading NHS Foundation Trusts. She was previously the Clinical Director of London’s Strategic Clinical Network for Dementia.
She qualified as a nurse in 1983 at Stepping Hill Hospital. She moved from there to work in A&E at North Middlesex Hospital as a Sister and then became director of nursing at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and then Whipps Cross Hospital. She chaired the London Standing Conference group on Homelessness. She has trained MPs to be “dementia friends”.
In January 2016 she was appointed as the first Freedom to Speak Up National Guardian for the NHS. Some reactions were hostile as she would be working two days a week while retaining her three roles at the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust for the other three days. Julie Bailey described her appointment as "disappointing". Roy Lilley described her appointment as "an affront" and "waving two fingers". On 4 March 2016 she resigned from her National Guardian post as she felt unable to do it justice together with her other responsibilities.
On 20/2/2020 it was announced that Dame Eileen would step down from her chief nurse post towards the end of the summer.
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