The Community Nursing Executive Network (CNEN), convened by The Queen’s Nursing Institute, has announced a new Chair and Deputy Chair for the Network.

Helen Mehra, a Queen’s Nurse and a member of the QNI’s Council is the new Chair, succeeding Dr Bob Brown, who has retired after six years in the post. Helen Mehra (pictured above, centre) became a Council member of the QNI last year and is currently head of Community Nursing and Integrated Pathways at Enfield Community Services, a division of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust. Helen is also a graduate of the QNI’s Executive Nurse Leadership Programme.

The new Deputy Chair is Gabbie Parham QN, Senior Matron for Community Nursing, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (pictured left).

Gabbie is a graduate of the QNI Aspiring Leaders programme.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, the QNI’s Chief Executive said, “We are very fortunate that the CNEN has two leaders with such a wealth of experience and capability to take it forward. I would also like to thank Dr Bob Brown for his exemplary leadership of the Network over the past six years. The Network brings together the most senior nurse leaders in community and integrated care organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to share, learn and debate current issues. It has proven value in gathering data and influencing policy development and implementation in community healthcare.”


Notes to Editors

Main photo: Helen Mehra (centre) photographed in 2019 with Diana Bunce (R) and Lesley Broad (L). Courtesy of Horatio’s Garden, Buckinghamshire.

Helen Mehra’s biography on the QNI website: www.qni.org.uk/people/helen-mehra/ . To arrange an interview with Helen Mehra, please contact Matthew Bradby, QNI Head of Communications (details below).

Helen chaired the first meeting of the Community Nursing Executive Network this year in January. Meetings currently take place on a monthly basis, online.

The CNEN is open to all Directors and Deputy Directors of Nursing, and equivalent roles, of any community provider organisation including independent charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. For more information, please use the contact form on this page: www.qni.org.uk/explore-qni/community-nurse-executive-network/ .

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