Long service: Dr Shelley Dolan

Shelley, who has been appointed Chief Nurse at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London, joined The Royal Marsden as a Sister on the High Dependency Unit. She has been Chief Nurse since 2007, enabling the Trust to develop as an innovative and clinically led organisation.

Under Shelley’s professional leadership, The Royal Marsden has been consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the country for the quality of care and service to patients. Her contribution to oncology nursing was recognised in 2013 by the European Oncology Nursing Society with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

We thank Shelley for her wonderful contribution to patients, staff, and the spirit and life of our hospital

Among her achievements, Shelley developed a clinical governance model that has been widely emulated in the NHS, helping to ensure an open and transparent culture that strives to improve patient experience and outcomes. She led the work of the London Cancer Alliance to ensure we can improve performance across whole pathways of care, and more recently has been Executive Lead for the Cancer Vanguard, testing an innovative new model of care. 

Chief Executive Cally Palmer said: “I would like to thank Shelley for her dedication and commitment to The Royal Marsden, and for the wonderful contribution she has made to patients, staff, and the spirit and life of our hospital as a clinician and as Chief Nurse. “We will miss her very much but know she will continue to use her expertise and skill to make a difference to patients at King’s and throughout the NHS.”