"I’ve seen the breadth and width of the NHS throughout my career and continue to be amazed and humbled by the patients, carers and staff. "
Diane Hull, Chief Nurse has worked in mental health care since qualifying as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1990.
Diane’s first role was as a staff nurse at St Clements in East London before moving to Hackney where she held a number of roles including nurse specialist in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, matron and lead nurse.
In 2003 Diane was appointed as head of nursing for forensic services and became associate director for forensic nursing in 2005. Diane says, "I’ve been really grateful to be able to advance in my career. As a single mum to 5 lovely children I’ve had to work really hard to provide for them. A career in nursing has been such a privilege and has enabled me to support my family.
“Between 2010 and 2016 I held a deputy director of nursing post for East London NHS Foundation Trust and was service director for all inpatient services in Luton and Bedfordshire as part of the transformation team. I’ve seen the breadth and width of the NHS throughout my career and continue to be amazed and humbled by the patients, carers and staff. It is a huge honour to work alongside people in this way and to build relationships with them; these are things that will stay with me.
I have been at Sussex Partnership Trust as the executive lead for nursing and patient experience for the last 2 years. My colleagues are a fantastic and energetic bunch with the patients and carers at the centre of their daily focus. I am proud to work here proud to work as part of the NHS, providing vital healthcare to people in need."