Local health visitor Juliette Penney is the first person in Rotherham and one of the first people in the country to become a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting.
Juliette who is a clinical services manager for The Rotherham NHS Foundation, Trust received her Fellowship of the Institute of Health Visiting (FiHV) at the first ever ceremony of the Institute of Health Visiting. Her award recognises the professional achievement of exceptional health visitors – creating a new country-wide group of expert and confident leaders who make a real difference to the health outcomes for children and families in England.
Juliette manages three teams of health visitors, a school nursing team and the special schools nursing team, working across Rotherham. Her award means she will be well-placed to lead and support local community healthcare providers and local authority commissioners when health visiting commissioning transfers to the local authority in October 2015.
The Fellowship scheme, launched in May 2014 and sponsored by the Department of Health, culminated with Juliette joining 149 others at an inaugural conferment ceremony held at Church House, Westminster.
To become a Fellow, Juliette went through a very rigorous application process and was assessed for her contribution to health visiting. She has been influential in applying national policies and has demonstrated leadership to develop integrated working which supports children & families and partners, providing a holistic approach to the patient/client journey.
Each Fellow had to demonstrate excellence in practice and also their leadership potential. They had to submit three testimonials, one from a family, one from a peer and one from a senior manager. Since being accepted, all Fellows undertook a four-day leadership development programme and are now acknowledged as “expert and confident” health visitor leaders, ready to become local ambassadors for health visiting, as well as for the Institute of Health Visiting.
Juliette said: “Becoming a Fellow has given me a greater strategic understanding of the healthcare system, commissioning and parliamentary processes followed affecting outcomes for improved health. I have had to demonstrate that I have the skills and experience to be able to influence decision makers to ensure the young people and their families of Rotherham receive the best possible service.”
Tracey McErlain-Burns, the Trust’s Chief Nurse added: “I would like to congratulate Juliette.
“Becoming a Fellow not only recognises the hard work that Juliette has put in to her career. It also means that Rotherham will benefit from her skills in leading and mentoring the next generation of health visitors to ensure excellence in practice and this can only benefit the children and families of Rotherham.”