My NHS story - Shelagh Meldrum

People have shared their wonderful memories of the NHS over the last 75 years to help celebrate the NHS's 75th Birthday

Shelagh shares her NHS memories

Shelagh Meldrum, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS Somerset talks about her journey into nursing.

I have loved nursing since the first day of my training. My career in health has spanned several roles both nursing and non-nursing but being a nurse has kept me focussed on what we are here for – to care for people.

Since I began my nurse training in 1987, going on to work as a senior nurse in acute medicine before becoming a specialist nurse in neurology and then into executive director roles – I have seen many changes both from a medical as well as a technological perspective, all of which seek to improve the care and treatment we provide and the outcomes for those who use our services.

I am incredibly proud to have spent 22 years working for such a wonderful British institution, one which is by our side during the most profound moments in our lives and at its heart, is driven by one collective ambition – to care for patients.


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