Helene recognised for her influential work in NHS safety on NHS 75th birthday

Helene Donnelly, Nuffield Health’s Head of Safety Culture, has been recognised for her contribution to the NHS by the Nursing Times, as the NHS celebrates its 75th birthday.

The Nursing Times, a leading publication for nurses from across all sectors, has compiled a list of 75 nurses and midwives who have contributed in a significant way to NHS services.

Helene joined her nursing and midwives colleagues from across different healthcare organisations at a Nursing Times celebration event last Wednesday (28 June 2023).

“It was lovely being together again, some of us hadn’t seen each other since before the COVID pandemic,” says Helene. “The NHS plays such an important part in people's lives and while its great to celebrate its 75th year, the discussion among the group was that it’s never been more challenging to work in the NHS. The focus must be on listening to, and caring for the workforce so they can care for patients”  she explains.

The Nursing Times has recognised Helene’s work in the NHS, focuses on her raising concerns about the failings at Stafford Hospital (part of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust) and she was a key witness to the Francis public inquiry that followed in 2010.

Helene was also awarded an OBE in 2014 for this and she has since pioneered the role of ambassador for cultural change and the concept of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians which is now embedded across NHS and independent sector healthcare organisations, including at Nuffield Health.

“It was a privilege to be one of the 75 nurses recognised by the Nursing Times,” says Helene.

“While we all had the NHS in common, our group at the celebration event had people from different organisations and roles.

Nuffield Health is known for its support to NHS trusts and the charity’s support during the COVID pandemic was discussed. Our group of nurses agreed that working together is so important in the interests of patients,” adds Helene.

To read more about Helene’s recognition by the Nursing Times, please click here

Last updated Wednesday 5 July 2023

First published on Wednesday 5 July 2023