Brendoncare pays tribute to Dame Sheila Quinn

The Brendoncare Foundation is saddened to hear about the death of our former trustee, Dame Sheila Quinn DBE, FRCN, RGN, RM, RNT.

Dame Sheila was one of the most influential nurses in the UK during the twentieth century. She held a number of key positions throughout her career, including Executive Director of the International Council of Nurses and President of the Royal College of Nursing. In addition, Dame Sheila acted as Chief Nursing Officer to Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, Regional Nursing Officer for the Wessex Regional Health Authority, as well as Nursing Advisor for the British Red Cross.

Her extensive services to nursing saw her awarded the CBE and then later the DBE by the Queen.

As one of the early trustees of The Brendoncare Foundation, Dame Sheila was instrumental in the development of the charity’s approach towards older people; providing residential and nursing care under one roof and close care services allowing people to live independently in their own homes for as long possible with key care and support available on site.

Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive of Brendoncare, said “Dame Sheila was an inspirational person, an exceptional lady who was truly skilled in her field and dedicated to advancing the profession of nursing for women across the world. We were honoured that Dame Sheila served as a trustee for The Brendoncare Foundation for 21 years and the organisation benefitted greatly from her insight and passion for delivering first rate care for older people.”

Dame Sheila passed away peacefully in Southampton General Hospital on the 8th December 2016 at the age of 96 years. She leaves behind the legacy of an unrivalled contribution to nursing throughout her long career.

Further information about Dame Sheila’s amazing career can be found on the Royal College of Nursing’s website.


Dame Sheila Quinn DBE
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