For They are Jolly Good Fellows!

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Three of Lincolnshire's experienced health visitors have been accepted to join the prestigious Institute of Health Visiting's Fellowship programme. Rebecca McConville, Elizabeth Bunney and Jenny Harper, all from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), were among 41 nationally to join the programme from January.

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) Fellow scheme recognises the professional achievement of exceptional health visitors – creating a new national group of expert and confident health visitor leaders who make a real difference to the health outcomes of children and their families.

Rebecca has worked with children in Lincolnshire since 1995 when she became a nursery nurse. She has since held roles as a school nurse, health visitor, children's centre manager and health visitor team leader. Rebecca now supports the south west area of the county (Sleaford/Grantham/Stamford/Bourne) as locality lead for services for those aged 0-19.

Elizabeth qualified as a health visitor in 1988 and has worked in Lincolnshire since 1998. Elizabeth spent 11 years with the health visiting team in the Market Rasen area. She went on to spend four years managing health visiting and school nursing teams in north east of the county (Skegness/Louth) and more recently is now a specialist nurse for vulnerable children and young people countywide.

Jenny has worked extensively in adult and paediatric nursing, but completed her degree as a Specialist Community Public Health Practitioner (Heath Visiting) in 2006. In 2010, she became a specialist nurse for vulnerable children and young people, predominantly working with teenagers not in education, looked after children and young people who have been subjected to sexual exploitation and trafficking. Jenny was awarded the Queen's Nurse title in 2013 in recognition for this work. Jenny is now supervisor for the Family Nurse Partnership, which supports pregnant teenagers in the Boston, Skegness and coastal areas of Lincolnshire.

As new Fellows, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Jenny will undertake a four-day leadership development programme, and will be awarded their certificates at a celebration event in March. Nikki Silver, General Manager for Family and Healthy Lifestyle Services at LCHS, said: "We are very proud of the support we are able to provide to children and families across Lincolnshire, and Rebecca, Elizabeth and Jenny have demonstrated exceptional expertise and leadership to support our teams within LCHS. On behalf of all at the trust, I would like to congratulate them on their achievement and their continued journey to make a difference to those they support." Dr Cheryll Adams, Director of the iHV, said: "We are delighted to appoint more Fellows to the Institute to strengthen leadership in the health visiting profession and to help develop the next generation of health visitors. There is immense talent in our profession and our Fellows lead the way in pushing the boundaries to ensure excellence in practice."

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