Clare Stiles has been involved in community nursing since 1993, starting off as a midwife, adding district nursing duties in 1994 and health visiting in 2003 becoming a triple duty nurse. She is now clinical team leader for the child health team in Shetland, which includes health visitors, school nurses and children’s nurses.
She is always keen to improve the health visiting service, and when introduced to the strengths based approach to working with families – the Solihull Approach, she arranged for training within the health board for all relevant nurses. She identified the most enthusiastic as early adopters and helped use them to spread the approach across the whole health board, local authority and voluntary sectors.
Clare sees the new Queen’s Nurses as experts in their own speciality and local area and would like to see them as a network to share expertise, knowledge and innovative practice. She would like this to develop, and see each Queen’s Nurse as a conduit to take information back to their local area to improve practice.
Her project will map out the existing local clinical expertise and service needs to then redesign in order to reduce the amount of overlapping, and plug any gaps.
Kate Kenmure, Child And Family Health Manager
She has overseen the implementation of the new universal pathway for health visiting… All the staff, as well as myself, use her high standards as a gauge to our own practice.