Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Professor Dame Hilary Chapman DBE


Dame Hilar Chapman DBE

Professor Dame Hilary A Chapman DBE HonMD, MBA RN FRCN became a Patron of Barnsley Hospice in April 2023.

Dame Hilary is a Registered Nurse with a specialist background in Critical Care and almost 40 years experience as a clinical nurse and strategic leader in the NHS. She retired from the post of Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in August 2018 and now works at a national level, largely on clinical workforce policy issues and as part of England’s Chief Nursing Officer’s Exceptional Leaders’ Network, developing and supporting others across the country.

Hilary is His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, a role she commenced in November 2021. As such, she is the King’s personal representative in the county. Throughout her career, Hilary has made major contributions to health policy, healthcare delivery and system reform, including leading on the continued development of the Safer Nursing Care Tool. This is now used widely in hospitals throughout the UK and is supported through the Chief Nursing Officer’s Safer Staffing Faculty where Hilary continues to work in an active leadership and practice role.

Hilary was awarded a CBE for services to nursing and healthcare in the 2012 New Year’s Honours and an Honorary Doctor of Medicine from the University of Sheffield in 2015 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 and midwifery provision.
Hilary was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Nursing in recognition of her distinguished career and outstanding contribution to nursing and she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to nursing in the New Year 2018 Honours list. Hilary has been an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health and Well Being at Sheffield Hallam University since 2008.

“As a resident of Barnsley, it is my privilege and pleasure to join our hospice as one of their patrons. From my nursing career, I know how important palliative and end of life care is, so I’m extremely proud to support the work of Barnsley Hospice. I am very much looking forward to working closely with Dan and everyone at this outstanding local facility.”

Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Professor Dame Hilary Chapman DBE
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