A London trust has unveiled a portrait of its former chief nurse of 15 years to recognise and celebrate her “outstanding contribution” to the organisation.
The portrait of Dame Eileen Sills at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust was painted by artist Alex Rooney and will be on display in the Governors Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital.
“Eileen touched the lives directly and indirectly of thousands upon thousands of patients and their families”
Dame Eileen, who stepped down as chief nurse in August 2020 after being in the role since 2005, attended its unveiling alongside family, friends and colleagues from the trust this summer.
The painting was created to honour her contribution to the service as well as its patients, the trust said.
Sir Hugh Taylor, chair at the trust, explained how Dame Eileen “was a role model” for all nurses and health workers.
“Eileen touched the lives directly and indirectly of thousands upon thousands of patients and their families,” he said.
“Eileen led us through times of crisis, from terrorist incidents to the pandemic, and transformed the care we provide for patients with dementia.
“She took her senior colleagues back to the front line and encouraged nurses from the front line to become senior nurse leaders in this organisation and beyond.”
He added: “This is a great portrait – in honour of a truly great person.”
Meanwhile, Dame Eileen said: “This is a very humbling experience, and I am grateful to the trust and the staff who work within it that allowed me to do the job in the way I always thought it should be done.
“I had an amazing 15 years at the trust, all I can say is thank you.”
The portrait’s commission was funded by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation.