Skegness health visitor awarded fellowship

From left, Elizabeth Bunney, Rebecca McConville and Jenny Harper have joined the prestigious Institute of Health Visiting's Fellowship programme.
From left, Elizabeth Bunney, Rebecca McConville and Jenny Harper have joined the prestigious Institute of Health Visiting's Fellowship programme.

A healthworker supporting pregnant teenagers in Skegness has been accepted to join the prestigious Institute of Health Visiting’s Fellowship programme.

Jenny Harper was one of three health visitors from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), joining the programme this month.

A supervisor for the Family Nurse Partnership, Jenny has worked extensively in adult and paediatric nursing, but completed her degree as a specialist health visiting degree in 2006. In 2010, she became a specialist nurse for vulnerable children and young people, predominantly working with teenagers not in education, looked after children and young people who have been subjected to sexual exploitation and trafficking. Jenny was awarded the Queen’s Nurse title in 2013 in recognition for this work. She is now supervisor for the Family Nurse Partnership supporting pregnant teenagers in the Skegness, Boston and coastal areas of Lincolnshire.

Jenny joins the programm with two other LCHS staff members Elizabeth Bunney and Rebecca McConville.

Elizabeth to spent four years managing health visiting and school nursing teams in the Skegness/Louth area and is now a specialist nurse for vulnerable children and young people countywide.

Rebecca supports the south west of the county as locality lead for services for those aged 0-19.

As new fellows, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Jenny will undertake a four-day leadership development programme, and will be awarded their certificates at a celebration event in March.

Nikki Silver, general manager for family and healthy lifestyle services at LCHS, said: “We are very proud of the support we are able to provide to children and families across Lincolnshire, and Rebecca, Elizabeth and Jenny have demonstrated exceptional expertise and leadership to support our teams within LCHS. On behalf of all at the trust, I would like to congratulate them on their achievement and their continued journey to make a difference to those they support.”

Director of the iHV Dr Cheryll Adams said: “We are delighted to appoint more fellows to the institute to strengthen leadership in the health visiting profession and to help develop the next generation of health visitors. There is immense talent in our profession and our fellows lead the way in pushing the boundaries to ensure excellence in practice.”