I have worked as a registered nurse since 1994 qualifying as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in School Nursing 16 years ago in 2004. I have held a variety of team leader roles in the North of England. I have also worked for 5 years in the North East developing a healthy weight service for children and young people. During this time, I developed a specialist interest in children and young people’s healthy weight and the National Child Measurement Programme. I have worked alongside dietitians, sports coaches and public health specialists to develop weight management programmes and growing projects for schools. I have worked with local strategy groups to bring about policy and guidance. I developed resources and toolkits and delivered local training for school nurses, health visitors, GPs and allied health professionals in brief interventions and motivational interviewing techniques. I subsequently worked with SAPHNA to develop national training and toolkits for children and young people’s nutritional health and as a SAPHNA trainer I have disseminated this work nationally at regional events, SAPHNA conferences and in nursing journals.
More recently I have developed a specialist interest in children and young people with complex health needs attending special schools; I am passionate about increasing the public health elements of the special school nursing role. I currently manage a team of special school nurses across two local authorities. I have completed a post graduate qualification in clinical leadership in 2018. This has boosted my interest in effective leadership for service development, people development and team effectiveness. In 2019 I successfully completed a secondment as transformational school nursing lead for a Local Authority.
Outside of work I am a busy Mum. I enjoy music and I am a pianist and organist. I enjoy fun family times especially long walks at the coast.
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