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Meet the Team

More information about the forum committee

Jane Hughes

Jane Hughes

Forum Chair                                                                                                                    Lecturer in Children and Young People’s Nursing, University of Manchester

Jane has had a 30 year career as a children’s nurse in a range of settings coming to an educational role in 2003. Jane is a cohort lead and child field lead for undergraduate students, with a focus on nursing assessment and clinical skills teaching.

Jane comes from a broad background from working in secondary care and high dependency settings she has particular interests in the care of children in A&E departments. She explored this with her travel scholarship to Australia in 2010.

Jane is committed to see the clarification and confirmation of the future role of the CYP nurse and to seek future development of career pathways for CYP nurses.

Jean Davies

Jean A. Davies

Clinical Nurse Manager for Paediatrics, Children and Young People, NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Jean has over thirty years experience in child and adult nursing, management and education. Jean has held posts in children and young people’s nursing across acute, community and specialist settings.

She is passionate about the quality of the child and young person’s journey in children’s services and their right to expect safe, effective and person centred care wherever they receive services.

Jean promotes children’s Health and Wellbeing, including child protection and children’s rights and safeguards through the national practice model ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ (Girfec) and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Jean believes in hard work of the highest professional standards, achieving quality, obtaining the best value for money and ensuring continuous professional development for all staff.

Jean was surprised and delighted to be recognised for her work in children and young people’s services by the British Journal of Nursing, the WellChild Charity and the Scottish Health Awards.

Jean contributes to and works with many local and national organisations to improve children and young people’s care.

Mary Brady

Mary Brady

Senior Lecturer and Field lead for Children’s Nursing, Kingston University

Mary has an extensive knowledge of the clinical care required for children in a variety of settings (neonatal units, paediatric intensive care and general children wards). Since 2004, she has been teaching pre and post registration nurses, midwives and paramedics. She has held a variety of roles in nurse education including child skills lead, branch/field lead and assessment tutor.  

Mary is also an external examiner at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and a Senior Fellow at the Higher Education Academy. She has been an active member of the RCN CYP Professional Issues forum since 2014.

Mary is committed to providing and promoting excellent nurse education that meets contemporary and future healthcare demands for children, young people and their families. Most recently, she has researched and published on the preparation of first year student child nurses for their first clinical practice placements and is currently involved in a systematic review regarding research productivity amongst nurse academics. 



Kathryn Summers

Kathryn Summers

Principal Lecturer for Children’s Nursing, Canterbury Christ Church University

Kathryn’s Children’ s nursing background prior to entering the higher education setting in 2003 comprised of acute children’s nursing with a particular emphasis on the paediatric nephro-urology specialty.

Kathryn’s present roles consist of delivering high-quality education to children’s nursing students. She manages both child specific and inter-professional modules across the undergraduate and post graduate frameworks.

Kathryn is a personal tutor and cohort lead for pre-registration children’s nursing students and is also a link lecturer across some of the Acute, Ambulatory and Short Break Practice settings for the BSC children’s nursing programme. Kathryn is a QA subject reviewer children’s nursing for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has extensive experience an external examiner for both pre-registration and post registration children’s nursing programmes.

Kathryn proactively leads the Child Health Forum which is a key Academic Practice Partnership group whose membership consist of educators, senior child health nurses from both the NHS and PVI sector across Medway and Kent.

Kathryn’s most recent research project was in collaboration with colleagues from Education and Public Health which examined the support for teachers in main stream education, teaching children with life limiting illness.

Judith Taylor

Judith Taylor

MSc. Nurse Independent Prescriber. RN (Adult and child)

Judith works as an Advanced Children's Nurse Practitioner at the Children's Hospital Oxford (CHOX)

Jude's key role is to provide direct clinical care to children and their families within the ambulatory care setting, caring for children from a wide range of specialities. Supporting both nursing staff and the multiprofessional team.

Jude set up and oversees the pre-assessment service for general paediatric surgery. She manages a team of Advanced and Specialist Nurse Practitioners.

Previously Jude worked as a ward sister for a children's specialist surgery / neurosurgery ward.

Jude has been a member of CYP Professional Issues Forum since 2009.

Jude's interests include Advancing Nursing Practice,.Acute Care and Minor Injury in children


Professional Lead: Fiona Smith

Judith Armstrong



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