School And Public Health Nurses Association





BSc (Hons), RGN, SCM, SCPHN (School Nursing)

Professional Officer for SAPHNA; Independent Public Health Nurse Consultant

Elaine Davies

I qualified as a state registered nurse in 1982 and worked as a staff nurse gaining experience on medical, surgical and paediatric wards. In 1984 I qualified as a midwife and worked in a rural Scottish hospital and community caring for mothers and babies ante and post-natally.


On moving to Leeds, I worked on the special care baby unit and transitional care gaining experience in managing complex health needs and support to families. I then became night sister in a paediatric setting managing several wards and specialist units, here, I continued to practice my midwifery skills with mums and babies known to carry infectious diseases.


I went on to work in the community as a School Nurse Practitioner, Manager, and Community Practice Teacher directing and delivering public health information and services. I also worked as a sessional University Lecturer in public health supporting the delivery of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing degree.


I held the post of Designated Nurse for Looked After Children for 12 years, leading and shaping services to improve the health outcomes of children in public care. In 2012 my team became national RCN award winners as “Children’s Community Health Team of the Year”. I co-developed the national “Champions for Children in Care” network group, comprising of nurses, social care, education and voluntary sector colleagues, influencing multi-agency agenda, policy and practice for Looked After Children.


Alongside this, I have been the Professional Officer of the School And Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) for the past decade. Through this, I, alongside my colleagues, drive forward the public health role and profession of School Nursing. I work at governmental and strategic level with the Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England, Department for Education and other key stakeholders, enabling SAPHNA to direct and influence community nursing and public health practice UK wide, whilst also retaining strong links at practice level.


I am a published author of books and regular journal articles. I served as editorial board member of the British Journal of School Nursing and, in May 2013, via SAPHNA, launched the Journal of School and Public Health. I am a regular contributor to a number of professional journals.


I am also Co-Chair of the School Nurse International Committee; a body which supports the global development of the profession. I am a recognised local, national and international speaker at conferences and other events. In 2012 I was recognised at a Downing Street celebration by the Prime Minister for "Leadership in Nursing”. In 2015 I was honoured to be awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Prince of Wales for my services to School Nursing.


I presently own and direct my own nursing consultancy company and have had contracts across the UK, Europe and worldwide; As such, I have recognition at a global level for my support to both the public health and social care sectors. The bulk of my work is in supporting both Commissioners and Providers to maximise the school nursing profession, advising on service specifications, preparation for/reviews of service tender, service reviews and, most recently, provision of technical expertise to support tender to successful award and implementation of 2.5 million school nursing services.




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