Janine McKnight-Cowan

Queen's Nurse

About Janine 

Celebrating a 40-year NHS career, Janine was an enrolled nurse for 12 years, before converting to become a general nurse. After 18 years she fulfilled her ambition to become a midwife. In 2000 she decided to become a health visitor. Now in her last year of practice recently came third in the JHV Education Awards 2018, with her innovative work on Five Guide, which she has also presented at The Midlands Midwifery and Maternity Festival in April 2018. Her work has been published in the Nursing Standard May 2018 journal. She has invitations to speak at two international congress events.

Having enjoyed a varied clinical career which has seen her nominated and win the prestigious Nursing Times Team of the Year Award, and the Queen's Nurse title, she feels she ‘has saved the best till last'.

Janine has lectured in South America, Venezuela, and Columbia. In 2010 she published an emotive piece of work: Stop That Shake– Babies Break! which saw her invited to Atlanta, USA, to speak at an International Congress on shaken baby syndrome.

Janine describes herself as an ‘innovative clinician, always keen to test the relationship between policy and patient experience’.

In 2017 she was voted in as a staff governor at her employing authority Derbyshire Community Health Services (NHS FT). She has served as a Unite Staff representative and she has recently been invited to be a leadership mentor by www.councilofdeans.org.uk
She was awarded a BEM in the 2019 News Years Honours list. 

Over the next 5 months Janine will be presenting to a number of international conferences and embedding the Five Guide tool and training programme in Derbyshire and beyond.