The QNI has appointed Helen Donovan, an experienced registered nurse with a broad nursing practice experience, to manage the Long Covid Nurse Network.

Helen has worked in the NHS as well as in Local Authority public health teams, and at the Royal College of Nursing as the Professional Lead for public health.

The Long Covid Nurse Network was established by the QNI in 2021, with funding from NHS England, to examine issues and practice related to the management of Long Covid in the community, primary care and social care settings.

I am really looking forward to taking over as lead for the Long Covid Nurse Network and continuing the amazing work of Sharon Aldridge-Bent and Eve Thrupp.

The Covid pandemic has bought so many challenges for us all. The disease itself but also from the effects of social distancing and closures of public spaces with children and families catching up on education and the impact on people’s mental health from social distancing and not being able to see family and friends. Long Covid and post viral illness presents further challenges and nurses are at the forefront of supporting individuals and communities with this The QNI Long Covid Nurse network provides a much-needed forum and community of practice to enable this work, which I am keen to be a part of and look forward to supporting.

Helen Donovan, QN

To find out more about the Long Covid Nurse Network, about our upcoming events and how to join the network take a look at our dedicated website page.


Helen Donovan is a Queen’s Nurse, click here to view her biography.

Sharon Aldridge-Bent MBE, QN and Eve Thrupp QN developed and managed the Long Covid Nurse Network in its first year

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