Professor Chapman is the Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has spent her entire career in the NHS and the vast majority of it in nursing. She is a Visiting Professor within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam and promotes collaborative working and partnership between the two organisations at all levels.
Professor Chapman is the Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has spent her entire career in the NHS and the vast majority of it in nursing.
Hilary began her nursing career at the Northern General Hospital, where she undertook training and worked as a staff nurse, then as a sister in both the cardiothoracic and critical care areas. She took up the position of Chief Nurse in 2006, after working in the same role at Kettering General Hospital and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
At Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she leads the Trust’s 6500 nurses and midwives alongside managing Estates and Hotel Services, she regularly undertakes at least one clinical shift every month which she describes as being 'one of the most important and valuable things' she does.
Hilary is one of the country’s most prominent chief nurses, and has made major contributions to health policy, healthcare delivery and system reform, most recently co-leading on the development of the Safer Nursing Care Tool. This is now used widely in hospitals throughout the UK and helps determine safe nurse staffing levels on acute wards depending on how sick or dependent patients are.
Hilary is a member of the National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR) Advisory Board, a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy (Health) and is a visiting Professor within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a member of NHS Improvement’s Clinical Advisory Forum.
Hilary was awarded a CBE for services to nursing in the 2012 New Year Honours and in January 2015, was awarded Honorary Doctor of Medicine by the University of Sheffield in special recognition of her major contribution to the city of Sheffield and the surrounding region through her pursuit of the highest quality of nursing provision.
Hilary has been recognised as one of the top leaders in the NHS by the Health Service Journal. The list recognises those working in healthcare who not only excel in their professional specialism, but whose impact extends beyond their professional sphere and has an impact and influence on policy, service transformation and innovation.