Critical Care Matron and Professional Lead for CCOT,
North Middlesex University Hospital Trust
Born in Trinidad, she came to London in 1990 and became a full-time student at Essex University as part of the Project 2000 nursing qualification. From 1997 – 2008 she worked within UCLH’s intensive care unit, becoming a senior staff nurse. During this time she worked as a practice development lead, worked on audit and became a critical care outreach nurse. From 2008-2010 she was a practice development lead at Queens Square Hospital and then an intensive care matron at Ealing Hospital from 2010 – 2015.
When she first arrived at North Middlesex University Hospital’s critical care unit in 2015, she found a disjointed set-up with nurses working in long-established silos. Drawing on all her ingenuity and resources to break down these barriers and get everyone working as a truly integrated team, Gillan was credited with building a cohesive critical care team out of nursing staff from 38 countries. As a nurse of 23 years, she was humbled to receive the Nursing Times, Nurse Leader of the Year Award in 2017.