Dedicated Nurse Bids Farewell After 37 Years of Service

15th January 2024
Elinor Welch at Retirement Function

After an illustrious 37 year career in Nursing, Elinor Welch has officially retired from the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

Elinor began her journey in the field of Nursing in 1987, when she commenced her Nurse Training at the Royal Victoria Hospital.  Throughout her career, Elinor has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care. Her professional journey included diverse experiences in various clinical areas, showcasing her versatility and dedication to the Nursing profession. Elinor also served as a Clinical Education Facilitator, where she played a crucial role in shaping the education and development of aspiring healthcare professionals.

In 2004, Elinor transitioned to the South Eastern Trust, taking on the role of Quality and Professional Development Nurse. In this capacity, she continued to exhibit her passion for quality improvement and professional growth within the healthcare system.

Over the years, Elinor has held numerous Nursing roles, each marked by her commitment to teaching, facilitation, revalidation coaching and quality improvement. Colleagues have benefited from her mentorship, leaving a lasting legacy of professionalism and expertise.

Reflecting on her career, Elinor said, “After 37 years embracing multiple roles over the years, caring for thousands of fantastic patients, working with hundreds of kind and funny colleagues and long lasting friendships, I have been incredibly lucky, I could not have asked for more.”

Quality Improvement & Governance Lead for Nursing in Primary Care, Jayne Carson thanked Elinor for her years of service and added, “Congratulations to Elinor who has retired after an incredible 37 years dedicated to the Nursing profession.  Wishing you a long and healthy retirement, you will be greatly missed by so many across Primary and Secondary Care services.”

Elinor’s retirement marks the end of an era and her absence will undoubtedly be felt by the many individuals she has touched along the way.

As Elinor embarks on this new chapter in her life, the Trust extends its deepest gratitude for her years of service, leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence. Elinor’s contributions to the Nursing field will be celebrated and remembered for years to come.

Elinor Welch in her early days as a Nurse