Shelia Gilbert

Sheila Gilbert came to St. Richard’s in 1987 from St Ann’s hospice in Manchester to manage the growing nursing team. She arrived at a challenging time for the hospice and many of the interviewees for this project believe that the direction and development of the organisation at this time were largely down to Sheila; her experience and ability in managing people, her sensitivity in getting the GPs and Primary Care teams on board, and her sense of humour and dedication to the hospice service. In her interview, she talks about her nurse training and the different roles she had before getting involved in palliative care. Sheila also talks about her job at St Richard’s, the move from Castle Street to Rose Hill and the changes she experienced in the service over more than a decade.