Rhiannon has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS in Wales and England, starting her nurse training in London in 1981, having worked in Secondary care, Primary care, Ambulance Services and Community Public Health Nursing, before joining Public Health Wales and becoming the first Executive Director of Quality, Nursing and AHP’s appointment for the organisation.
Her current role includes executive leadership for quality, safety, engagement, risk management systems, information governance, integrated governance, and the national safeguarding team, while also providing professional leadership for nursing/midwifery and AHP’s within Public Health Wales. She is currently playing a key role supporting the Covid-19 pandemic as one of the Strategic Directors within Public Health Wales.
Rhiannon became the first specialist Domestic Abuse Health Visitor in Wales providing innovative packages of support to victims of Domestic Abuse and their families and was also a Health Visitor Practice teacher for student Health Visitors. Rhiannon spent several years as a specialist and Named Nurse for Safeguarding and led several improvement projects during this time,
On completing Health Visitor training in 1995, she later went on to complete an MSc Econ. In addition was awarded a Florence Nightingale leadership scholarship in 2013, spending time in Cuba learning about this health system.
In 2018 Rhiannon spent time in the World Health Organisation European Regional Head Quarters, supporting work on the impact of the European strategic directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery towards Health 2020 goals (ESDNM) (2015).
The Nursing Now Cymru/Wales was launched in March 2019, led by Rhiannon who has worked with different sectors across NHS Wales and Academia in Wales to share best practice influence policy and focus on health and wellbeing. Having also previously chaired the Director of Nursing forum for NHS Wales and currently chairing the All Wales Maternity and Neonatal network.
Rhiannon is passionate about the important role of prevention and tackling inequalities, ensuring universal health coverage (UHC) across the world and believes the role of the nurses and midwives is critical to achieving UHC and improved health outcomes.
She has undertaken Executive level coaching training and believes that coaching is an excellent tool to support and unleash the potential which people have within.