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Meet another HVeCOP Champion – Lynne Watson

26th November 2015

Earlier this year, HVeCOP set up a team of iHV Fellows who are all expert and innovative practitioners in their specialist fields as a presence on HveCOP, and who are linked to the 6 High Impact Topic Areas closest to their specialism.

HVeCOP has great pleasure in introducing you the second of our Champions – Lynne Watson!

Here is Lynne talking about her role as a HVeCOP Champion

I have been a health visitor for the last 19 years with the past 15 focusing on the diverse needs of children with complex needs and how the health visiting service can support their families. Prior to this I was a District Nursing sister for many years with the last two being spent enjoying the experience of working within social services as a Case Manager – Children with Disabilities before commencing my health visitor degree, where my dissertation considered whether siblings were seen as young carers for their brother or sister with additional needs. My Master’s Degree, in Social Anthropology; Children and Child Development, furthered this research by looking at experiences of parents of children with complex needs or disabilities. I have additional specialist knowledge around children’s continence seeing this as a right for all children, regardless of any additional need or disability, and have worked in partnership with NICE to produce guidance and Quality Standards around this common but potentially significant ‘minor illness’ which has an impact on school readiness.

The e-Community of Practice Evidence Hub (HVeCOP) is a fantastic resource for all health visitors – providing support around the 6 high impact areas through a robust and substantive network headed by a small team of Champions from the Institute. As a Fellow of the iHV, I became a Champion for HVeCOP to offer guidance, support, and encouragement to its members and to also challenge practice as part of a discursive debate. I feel this role is important because I can be there as an extra resource for health visitors to approach through the Hub, and overall helping to create the strong evidence-based framework necessary for such a broad and diverse discipline as health visiting presents.

Lynne Watson

MSc BSc (Hons) BSc RGN HV DN FiHV FHEA

[email protected]

You can find Lynne on HVeCOP by putting her name into the search box on the home page. You will then be able to find her profile with details of her entries to the evidence base. Click on View to read more. She supports the Health, Wellbeing and Development of the Child Topic area. You can also find Lynne from her profile page or from any of the items she has posted and receive alerts when she posts. A discussion with Lynne about any practice issues recorded on HVeCOP can count towards revalidation as evidence of endorsement from a specialist practitioner.

To start a discussion with Lynne, post your question as an issue on the Health, Wellbeing and Development of the Child Topic Area. This will be visible on the homepage as a recent entry and you will receive a response.