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Meet the Team

CYP Staying Healthy Steering Committee Members' Biographies

Dr Gemma Trainor

Forum Chair

Dr Gemma Trainor is a senior lecturer at John Moore's University Liverpool and a visiting lecturer at Kings College London specialising in you peoples mental health. Prior to this she was a consultant nurse and clinical lead for a tier 4 CAMH day-service, outreach and outpatient in the North of England. Gemma has over 35 years of direct clinical experience and spent the last 20 years actively engaged in research. She designed and developed a group programme for young people who self harm and the treatment was the subject of 3 randomised controlled trials in England and Australia.

Gemma has presented and published her work widely. She is co author in a book and many chapters on her subject area and is currently on the NICE committee which will publish national guidance on self harm. Additionally, she always involved service users ensuring young peoples voices are given a platform in shaping future services.


Professional Lead: Michelle Eleftheriades

Corina Christos

Corina trained as a paediatric nurse and after five years at the Bristol Children's Hospital moved into School Nursing. In 2011 Corian moved to London and undertook the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Course before completing an MSc in advanced practice. Corina is currently the School Nurse Team Leader for Lambeth.

Corina is committed to improving standards of care within School Nursing and improving the profile of School Nursing as a profession. She has a particular interest in ending the practice of FGM and has recently published an article on the subject and participated in policy development in this area.

Corina also has a keen interest in tackling obesity in childhood through maximising the capacity of the School Nursing service to deliver targeted health promotion.

Euan Hails

Professor Euan Hails is a Consultant Nurse at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales specialising in child and adolescent mental health. He is a Trustee and Board Member of the Welsh Mental Health Charity HAFAL, Trustee of the Counselling in Prisons Network, a Florence Nightingale Digital Leadership Scholar and Fellow of the Bevan Commission Wales. Euan passed his Doctorate in 2012 from Cardiff University School of Social Sciences where he researched the impact of CBT training on nursing practice.

Euan has over 36 years experience of mental health nursing and education. He is an accredited psychotherapist specialising in CBT and latterly EMDR. Euan has practiced as a nurse in England, Wales, Australia and Norther Ireland and has spent many years developing and championing mental health nursing practice and practitioners.

He sits on a number of Welsh Government and National Boards and committees and has represented the RCN on NICE Guidance committees and to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in practice development focused groups.

Euan has published area specific papers, a book chapter on CBT interventions in Prisons and a number of guides and condition specific information booklets for HAFAL. He has also developed and delivered national psychosocial intervention courses at degree and masters level for nurses and other health professionals in England, Wales and Australia. He is a member of the First Episode Psychosis Steering Group, Wales and represents Wales at the National IRIS FEP Committee. Euan is also active in young person focused mental health service user and carer support groups in Wales.

Pauline Carson, MSc PGCHE, BSc (Hons), RN (Canada), RGN RSCN

Pauline is a lecturer in (Education) Children and Young Peoples Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Pauline trained as a general nurse and then a children's nurse before following a clinical career in paediatric cardiology in both the UK and Canada. Pauline's career in nurse education has spanned sixteen years and includes her roles as as a senior lecturer in Children's Nursing at Coventry University, the University of Wolverhampton and Queen's University Belfast.

During this time Pauline has been involved in both pre-registration and post registration children and young people's nurse education. Her of teaching include all aspects of the pre-registration children's nursing curriculum; research; adolescent health and critical care/high dependency care of children and young people. Pauline's areas of interest include all aspects of children and young people's nursing; adolescent health care; family centered care; reflection; nurse education; enquiry based learning and the use of simulated learning.

Suzanne Watts, BSc, MSc, PGCertAP (Education), RGN, RHV, RNT 

Suzanne joined the CYP Staying Healthy steering committee in 2015, and has been chair since January 2016. Suzanne undertook her general nurse training in London and specialised in sexual health and HIV nursing before becoming a health visitor. Working as a health visitor in inner London she developed a special interest in family violence and child protection. This interest ultimately led her to undertake a PhD at Oxford Brookes University, exploring inter-professional communications between primary health care professionals and social workers when making and assessing child protection referrals.

Prior to starting her PhD Suzanne was a lecturer at King's College London, teaching on both pre and post qualification nursing programmes, including the health visiting and school nursing courses. Suzanne's health service research experience includes working on a multi agency evaluation of health service interventions in response to women experiencing domestic abuse and working as a clinical research nurse.

Suzanne is also a trustee of Who Cares? Trust, a charity advocating on behalf of looked after and care experienced children and young people.

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