School And Public Health Nurses Association





RN (dip), SCPHN (School Nurse) BSc (Hons)

Team Leader, Special School Nursing, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Elaine Davies

I qualified as a registered general nurse in 1994 and began my nursing career at Papworth Hospital; a centre of excellence in cardio-thoracic surgery and medicine which was very exciting. From there I began to take an interest in cardiac rehab and community nursing.


After some time I moved on and gained experience in practice nursing and working in a health visiting team before deciding on developing my career in School Nursing. I worked as a staff nurse in school nursing whilst undertaking my degree (part-time) for two years at Leeds Metropolitan University from 2002-2004. After obtaining my qualification with first class honours, I obtained a post as team leader for School Nursing in Bradford where I gained valuable experience.


In 2008 I moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and spent 5 years as the Lead Public Health Nurse in Northumberland developing a healthy weight service for children and young people. During this time I developed expert knowledge in childhood obesity, NCMP, weight management programmes, growing projects for schools and training school nurses and allied professionals in brief interventions and motivational interviewing techniques. In 2012 I made the decision to go back to school nursing, taking up a post as Public Health School Nurse with North Tyneside. In 2014 I was promoted to an Area lead post taking the lead for the implementation of the NCMP programme in North Tyneside and the management of two locality teams.


In May 2016 I was assigned to the role of Team Lead for Special School Nursing, Northumbria Healthcare Foundation. I am looking forward to the challenges this new post will bring.


I have been a committee member of SAPHNA since 2007 and thoroughly enjoy the challenges my work with SAPHNA brings. I am able to regularly comment and contribute to national school nurse guidance and policy. As part of my work with SAPHNA, I have written articles for nursing journals, presented innovative practice at conferences including the School Nurse International Conference in 2015, worked on developing practice guidance for Independent School Nurses and a national healthy weight training resource toolkit for school nurses.


I am currently working on a new project funded by the Burdett Nursing Fund to develop new resources and training to support adolescents with healthy weight. I am, through my work with SAPHNA, able to communicate and discuss practice development with commissioners, providers and Public Health England. I enjoy academic writing, practice development and inspiring myself and my peers to be agents for change and develop public health practice for the benefit of our children and young people.


I am married and have three children, Joshua (aged 18), Matthew (aged 15) and Samuel (aged 4). I enjoy playing the piano, walking along the Northumberland coastline and spending fun times with my family.




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