The Royal College of Nursing in Wales is pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Whyley as the new Director of RCN Wales with immediate effect.
Helen, previously Associate Director (Employment Relations) at RCN Wales, is also currently the Chair of the All Wales Trade Union Group, Welsh NHS Partnership Forum.
Helen has worked in the office of the Welsh Government’s Chief Nursing Officer where her role as Nursing Officer included professional and policy advice on workforce development, nursing & midwifery education and regulation, and safeguarding. She delivered on a number of key areas while working for the Welsh Government including policy advice on the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016; a review of the Post Registration Career Framework for Nurses; the Aligning Skills Guidance & Portfolio and the PREVENT training programme.
Helen’s career with the RCN in Wales originally started in 1999 when she was appointed as an RCN Professional Officer. She undertook a secondment in 2006 to the RCN UK Employment Relations Department working on national recognition agreements and organising in the independent sector.
Her clinical background is in intensive care, she worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Morriston Hospital in Swansea. She is married with three children and lives in mid Glamorgan.
Helen said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as Director of RCN Wales. The RCN has such a crucial role to play in supporting, protecting and advocating for nurses, health care support workers and nursing issues. I am proud to lead the team at RCN Wales who will continue to work with the members and stakeholders across Wales, to face the challenges and to celebrate the achievements of nursing professionals.”