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Meet the Team

CYP Staying Healthy Steering Committee Members' Biographies

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

Forum Chair

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 Kings 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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Corina Christos

Corina trained as a paediatric nurse and after five years at the Bristol Children’s Hospital moved into School Nursing. In 2011Corian 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.

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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 Queens 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.

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Dwynwen Spargo

Dwynwen qualified as a children’s nurse in 1999 and worked for three years in both the busy paediatric medical and surgical wards at the University hospital of Wales. In 2002 Dwynwen started her school nursing career within the city of Cardiff and commenced a BSc in Community studies (school nursing) the following year.

In 2007 Dwynwen undertook additional training to become a practice teacher and support individual students studying on the specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) programme within the school nursing discipline. In 2009 Dwynwen started a secondment at the former University of Glamorgan, now the University of South Wales to work one day a week on the SCPHN programme.

Dwynwen moved full time into higher education in 2011 and subsequently completed her post graduate certificate in education (PgCertEd) and MSc in Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person). She currently leads the specialist community public health nursing programme (health visiting, school nursing and occupational health nursing) and is the school nurse pathway lead.

Dwynwen has several particular interests she hope to pursue over the next four years. These include the involvement of children and young people (C&YP) in the development and evaluation of services with a specific remit for improving C&YP health and wellbeing outcomes. Also the development of the school nursing service, including individual leadership and innovation and a scoping exercise to identify current school nursing provision. Areas such as safeguarding, sexual exploitation, health promotion and mental health are also of particular interest.

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Dr Gemma Trainor

Dr Gemma Trainor is a nurse consultant who specialises in self harm with young people with complex mental health difficulties. She has over thirty years experience of working within tier 3 and 4 CAMHS and has spent the last twenty years actively researching treatments with this population. 

Gemma has been an invited member of two expert topic groups for NICE and was an expert witness to the national inquiry (2004). Gemma co designed a group programme referred to as “Developmental group Psychotherapy” which was the subject of three large randomised controlled trials in the UK and Australia. Much of her work has been published widely. Gemma is very interested in promoting recovery by leading on the service user agenda.

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Leila Francis

Leila is a RGN/RSCN with over thirty years nursing experience in a variety of acute and community settings. She currently works as the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and is a member of the NHS England National Child Sexual Exploitation Sub Group.

Leila is passionate about the care of children and young people in health settings, in particular all aspects of safeguarding and promoting the physical, psychological and social well-being of all children and young people.

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Professional Lead: Fiona Smith

Rachel Carter

Rachel joined the CYP Staying Healthy steering committee in 2018.   Rachel undertook her general nurse training in Dorset and then specialised in public health becoming a health visitor in 1982. Rachel was keen to develop and shape practice and that led to her becoming a nurse educator in Plymouth in 1985. She has since become an RN (Child) and has been involved in child health education for over 30 years. Rachel has focussed her teaching around child public health and safeguarding children. She became programme lead for the BSc Nursing (Child) in the University of Plymouth in 2014 and this year took on leading the MSc in nursing.

Page last updated - 13/11/2019