Carmel Blackie, Principal Lecturer, School of Nursing appointed Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting.

Carmel BlackieCarmel is one of forty one outstanding health visitors to join the prestigious Institute of Health Visiting’s (iHV) Fellowship programme – taking the total number of Fellows appointed so far to 121.

Dr Cheryll Adams –Director of the iHV, said, “It was clear to our assessors that Carmel 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 your area. We expect you are very proud of her!”

Dr Julia Gale, Head of the School of Nursing at Kingston and St George’s, said: “This is a great professional achievement for Carmel and I am delighted with this news. As an academic health visitor, Carmel has been working to support the professional development of health visitors new to practice through preceptorship and the development of frameworks to enable the translation of theory and research into practice. The impact of Carmel’s work will greatly contribute to the targeted provision of services to children and their families by ensuring that limited resources are used to their best effect”.

As a new Fellow, Carmel will be invited to undertake a four-day leadership development programme, and will be awarded her certificate at a celebration event in March 2015.