Helen retires after 43 years of ground-breaking service

Helen Simpson (4th right) with colleagues and friends
Helen Simpson (4th right) with colleagues and friends

Community stroke rehabilitation nurse Helen Simpson has retired after 43 years’ service in the NHS. Helen started her career as a Nurse Cadet at Hastings School of Nursing where she qualified as a Special Registered Nurse working at the Royal East Sussex Hospital. Following a brief spell in Swindon she returned to Eastbourne in the 70s to embrace a new way of working which became recognised worldwide with Hastings, Eastbourne and Helen at the forefront.

In 1978 she was appointed Sister at All Saints Hospital and opened one of the first stroke rehabilitation units in the country. In 2003 she obtained a first class honours degree in Professional Practice in Gerontology. Since 2006 Helen joined the Hastings Community Stroke Team working at the Conquest Hospital which subsequently moved to The Irvine Unit at Bexhill Hospital.

Colleague and friend Jacqui Hinves said, “Helen has been an integral and inordinate part of the history of stroke management and rehabilitation as it is known and recognised today. Helen has dedicated her professional career to improving her patients, their carers and colleagues’ lives.”