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RN (Child Branch); BSc (Hons) SCPHN; Queens Nurse

Assistant Director for the Healthy Child Programme, Compass

Elaine Davies

I joined the Leicestershire school nursing team in 2001 from the children’s oncology unit at the Leicester Royal infirmary; although I enjoyed my role there as a children’s nurse I wanted to work more pro-actively to improve outcomes for children and young people and in school nursing I felt that I was really able to contribute to that agenda.

 

I worked as a band 5 school nurse in a very deprived and vibrant area of Leicester city before doing my SCPHN degree in 2005. I then worked as a clinical team leader for health visiting and school nursing in Leicestershire and Rutland before becoming the professional lead for school nursing for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. I also worked as the communication lead for CAMHS implementing the digital offer successfully used by school nursing into the redesigned CAMHS service. I am now working for Compass as the assistant director for the healthy child programme, working with the school health and well-being service in Warwickshire.

 

During my role as professional lead for school nursing, I led and implemented transformational changes in practice such as the pilot of the ChatHealth programme, which is now being adopted all over the UK; this involves interactive websites to provide information and give young people access to school nursing, virtual clinics and web chats in response to the expressed needs of young people. I also implemented standard operating guidance for the school nurse team and care pathways to help the team deliver the guidance. I am strongly committed to working collaboratively with young people so that the services we provide truly meet their needs.

 

I have had several articles published in the nursing press, including Primary Health Care and the Community Practitioner, describing the innovations and my pledge for this year is to write some more.

 

I am one of the founding members of the WeSchoolNurses Twitter community, which connects and supports the school nurse community through Twitter chats and resources. We have over 6,000 followers and have co-hosted successful chats with organisations such as the BYC (British Youth Council).

 

In 2015, I was proud to be made a Queens Nurse. I believe that becoming part of this respected network of committed nurses helps me to share my own learning skills and passion with others so that families, children and young people can receive high standards of care and services.

 

I am an active member of SAPHNA and was privileged to represent them giving evidence at the youth select committee inquiry focusing on youth mental health.

 

From October 2015 until March 2016 I worked with Wendy Nicholson as one of the 3 school nurse advisors to Public Health England, contributing to work such as the "4, 5, 6 model" for school nursing and the revised You're Welcome standards. This has been an amazing opportunity to contribute to the national school nursing agenda, raising the profile of school nursing and presenting a clear service model to commissioners.

 

I am committed to and am enthusiastic about working with new ideas, innovations, technology and social media to help increase the scope and reach of school nurses who are so critical to young people in reaching good outcomes.

 

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