Rachel Hollis is an experienced paediatric oncology nurse, who most recently worked as Lead Nurse for Children’s Cancer and Matron for Haematology and Oncology at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
Most of her NHS career was spent in Yorkshire, firstly in Scarborough and then Leeds.
She has played an active role in the development of children’s cancer nursing and services as a key member of national guidance and advisory groups at the Department of Health, NHS England and National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Rachel is a past Chair of the RCN Paediatric Oncology Nurses Forum and a former Steering Group member of the Children and Young People’s Specialist Care Forum. She was made a Fellow of the RCN in recognition of her contribution to the nursing of children with cancer.
Rachel is also a Trustee of CLICSargent, the UK’s largest charity supporting the families of children with cancer, and lobbying for improved services nationally.
The RCN asked Rachel a few questions about her new committee position.
Why were you keen to take on this new role?
“I believe that the Royal College of Nursing has two vital functions; that of a Trade Union, and that of a Royal College and professional organisation. I support this position, and my own engagement with the RCN has been primarily through its professional work. I have been a Forum Chair, and I am now a Fellow of the RCN. I was keen to take on this new role to promote the professional activity and profile of the college.
"I also felt that children's nursing should have a presence on the committee.”
What are you hoping the new Committee will bring to the RCN?
“I hope that the new Committee will provide the focus for the college's professional activity. I hope that it will raise the profile of the professional aspect of the College's work. The Trade Union function is vital to our members, and at a time when there are significant pressures on our members, in relation to pay for example, the professional function may be less visible. Making it more visible can help us to highlight the vital role played by nurses, and the value we bring to health and care services.”
How can members get in touch with you or the committee?
“I would be delighted to hear from members - and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
You can find out more about the wider RCN Professional Committee here.