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Monday 26 July 2021
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Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith

Prestigious fellowship for Health Visitor Matron

A Salford Royal Health Visitor Matron has become a prestigious Fellow in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the profession.

 

Sandra Smith, who started work at the Trust in 2009, has been a Health Visitor for 21 years.

 

She is one of the first 59 health visitors in England to become a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting (FiHV).

 

The scheme not only recognises professional achievement but identifies and delivers a country-wide group of expert health visitor leaders who can work with the institute and their employers to help strengthen local professional capacity.

 

Sandra’s first role at the Trust was as a Health Visitor Cluster Lead managing a team of health visitors, staff nurses and nursery nurses in Higher Broughton. For the past 18 months she has been one of two Health Visitor Matrons in the service, whose role is to provide clinical leadership to the teams and ensure delivery of a high quality service to the children and families in Salford.

 

She said: “I love my job; health visiting is a very rewarding area to work in and I enjoy the fact that we offer a universal service to all parents with children and are able to build relationships with the family until the child starts school.

 

“Patient experience is very important and knowing that the service is valued by Salford families is very satisfying.

 

“I am a champion of the health visiting profession and am passionate about improving health outcomes for the children and families in Salford.”

 

Sandra’s successful application to become a Fellow was based on evidence of expertise, skills and leadership qualities.

 

Dr Cheryll Adams, director of the iHV, said: “It was clear to our assessors that Sandra is demonstrating excellence in practice, is a real leader and champion of the health visiting profession and passionate about improving health outcomes for the children and families in Salford.”

 

As part of the Fellow development programme, Sandra will complete a four-day leadership course and she will join a network of other Fellows and have access to research and resources to ensure that the service constantly improves.

 

Sandra added: “Learning from others and sharing good practice will definitely benefit the families of Salford and by raising the profile of Health Visitors we can ensure as many people as possible are aware of the wide range of services and support that is available to them.”