Rachel Hollis is a children’s cancer nurse, and retired from her role as Lead Nurse for children’s cancer at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in 2018, remaining there as an Honorary Nurse Adviser. Before retirement Rachel spent almost thirty years working in pediatric oncology and hematology in Leeds, and has been involved in developing services for children and young people with cancer at the local, national and international level. Since she retired she has remained active in the field of children’s cancer care in a number of voluntary, advisory and professional roles.
Rachel has a particular interest in international health care and is a trustee of ‘World Child Cancer’, a charity which works to support capacity building in pediatric 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 is currently collaborating with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives to develop the first accredited program for pediatric oncology in that country. In 2020 Rachel was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP). She is working alongside international nursing colleagues, to ensure that nursing is integrated into the World Health Organization's Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer.
Rachel is the Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Professional Nursing Committee, which is responsible and accountable for the professional work of the college. She was awarded a Fellowship of the RCN in recognition of her contribution to children’s cancer care.
- A Collaborative Approach to the Development f Specialized Nursing Education in a Lower Middle-Income Country (Ghana) (229-1)
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- Ripon, England