Dame Eileen Sills DBE, Chief Nurse & Deputy Chief Executive
Eileen Sills trained in Stockport and qualified as a registered nurse in 1983. She then held several post registration positions within both general medicine and Accident & Emergency Medicine, before moving to London in 1985, where she took up her first senior position as a Sister in a busy A&E department at North Middlesex Hospital. This was followed by a short stint as a clinical tutor before taking up the post of Ward Sister in 1990.
The ward developed into one of the first funded ‘Nursing Development Units’. Having then taking a short break to have her first child, Eileen moved to UCLH as a senior nurse for A&E, followed by 4 years at the Royal Free Hospital, where she was a Divisional Nurse and Deputy General Manager. This led to her first Board appointment as Director of Nursing at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 1999, moving on in 2001 to Whipps Cross Hospital as the Director of Nursing, becoming 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 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 Nurse & Chief Operating Officer. Due to the increasing complexity of the role 2012, the role split and Eileen’s portfolio has focussed on being the Chief Nurse and improving the patient experience, being made Deputy Chief Executive in 2016.
Eileen was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Years Honours list for services to nursing, and subsequently made a Dame in 2015. 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. Eileen was the first Chair of the London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Group.
Melu Mekonnen, Intermediate Care Network In-Reach Worker
Melu is currently an in-reach Worker at Great Chapel Street Medical Centre Intermediate Care Network (ICN) Project, and was previously a Homeless Health Peer Advocate at Groundswell UK.
Dr Al Story, Clinical Lead, Find and Treat
Al is a Consultant Nurse, and the founder and Clinical Lead of the pan-London Find & Treat Service. His core expertise is in tackling communicable diseases among vulnerable populations. Research interests include outreach, point of care diagnostics, case management, peer interventions and using mobile technologies to promote engagement and treatment continuity. He is an original member of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health and the Pathway Team, and a senior lecturer with the Farr Institute at University College London.