Rachel Hollis is Honorary Nurse Adviser for Children’s Cancer at the Leeds Children’s Hospital.
Before retirement in 2018 Rachel spent almost thirty years working in paediatric oncology and haematology in Leeds, most recently as Lead Nurse for Children’s Cancer. She has been involved in developing services for children and young people with cancer at the local and national level. She is still a practising nurse and is active in the field of children’s cancer care in a number of voluntary, advisory and professional roles.
Rachel is Vice Chair of the Board of Young Lives vs Cancer, the UK’s largest charity supporting the families of children with cancer, across all settings, promoting the balance between access to specialist care, and care closer to home where this can be safely delivered.
Rachel has a particular interest in international health care; she is the Vice Chair of the Board of ‘World Child Cancer’, a charity which works to support capacity building in paediatric oncology in low and middle income countries. She leads a twinning partnership between the Leeds Children’s Hospital and a children’s cancer service in Cameroon. She works alongside international colleagues to ensure that nursing is fully recognised and integrated into the World Health Organisation’s Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer.
Rachel is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and currently chairs the Professional Nursing Committee of the RCN.