The Appointments Commission is a non-statutory advisory body set up by the Prime Minister to make recommendations for non-party-political peerages. The Commission’s remit is to find people of distinction who will bring authority and expertise to the House of Lords. The Commission recommends individuals on merit and their ability to contribute effectively to the work of the House. The House of Lords Appointments Commission has now recommended a total of 57 non-party-political peerages to the Prime Minister, drawn from well over 4,000 nominations. The Commission also vets nominations for life peers, including those nominated by the UK political parties, for propriety. She will sit in the House of Lords as a cross bencher. The announcement made for her is as follows:
Sheila Hollins is Professor in Psychiatry of Disability at St. George's, University of London and member of the WPA Standing Committee on Nominations. Her research has focused on clinical and social aspects of the mental and physical health of people with learning disabilities, with a particular focus on bereavement, palliative care and sexual abuse. Since 2008 she has served as the Chair of the WHO Steering Group to develop a declaration and action plan on the health of children and young people with intellectual disabilities. She has served in a number of national advisory board roles, including as a Member of the Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities between 2007 and 2008. Professor Hollins was the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists between 2005 and 2008. She practiced as a Consultant Psychiatrist in SW London from 1982-2006. In addition to her published research, she has also co-authored a book with her husband, Martin Hollins: “You and Your Child with a Learning Disability”, and has edited and co-authored “Books Beyond Words”, a series of picture books on health and social topics for adults who cannot read.