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Community Matron School Nursing, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust


Elaine Davies

I have been an active member of the SAPHNA Executive Committee since March 2012, and have held roles as Website Editor and Secretary. I currently work as Community Matron School Nursing for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


Since qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1986 at Newcastle Hospitals, I have held positions within the acute sector of nursing in plastic surgery and orthopaedics, prior to moving into the community within district nursing. I have worked as a qualified School Nurse since 1994 and am extremely passionate about the profession, having seen the role progress and develop to meet the public health priorities of the 21st Century.


The North Tyneside School Nursing team have been at the forefront of Public Health Nursing for a number of years, having been a pilot site for the Department of Health's Whole Systems Approach to Public Health in 2002. At this time, I acted as one of a team of Change Activists, who focused on developing the public health role of School Nurses. The team were also one of the first in the country to be awarded Band 6 status under Agenda for Change, when many of their contemporaries struggled to be graded appropriately.


Having a special interest in meeting the mental health needs of young people, I completed a BA (Hons) in CAMHS in 2006. As a trained facilitator in Webster Stratton and Mellow Parenting Programmes. I have worked in partnership with CAMHS in providing these groups to vulnerable parents. More recently, I have worked together with Primary mental health workers to develop guidance for the Management of Self Harm in schools, which has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award 2014.


I have lead the North Tyneside Public Health School Nursing team in the development of SRE programmes in local secondary schools which focus on the prevention of Abusive Teenage Relationships. The sessions raise awareness of what constitutes a positive and a negative relationship as well as exploring power and control. I recognise that promoting healthy relationships with young people is crucial to public health. The sessions aim to help young people develop skills for the future and promote their confidence and self-esteem. Earlier this year this initiative was publicised on the Nursing Standard website (Feb 2014).


In April 2015, I was awarded the Public Health England inaugural School Nurse Leadership award, presented by the Princess Royal.


Married with two grown up daughters, who are both graduates now living and working in London and Leeds. I am proud of my North East heritage, and enjoy walking our dog, Rory, a border terrier, in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside and along the stunning coastline. To maintain my fitness, I can often be found on the netball court playing in the centre position and have been a member of a team for 16 years!




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