SAPHNA, School and Public Health Nurses Association, was officially launched on 1 Jan 2006.

School Nurse and Public Health Nurses all over the UK have consistently called for a professional organisation that is dedicated to their needs. Having been a marginalised workforce for many decades there has never been a better time to work in the profession.

SAPHNA has been formed by a group of experienced School and Public Health Nurses from all around the UK. It is a professional organisation dedicated to the promotion of excellence in practice, taking forward the public health agenda by working in partnerships for the benefit of children and young people and the communities where they live and learn.

Professional Officer Sharon White says ‘The diverse and ever-increasing demands of the Public Health role of those of us working with school-age populations, their families and communities require the robust support of a professional organisation that fully understands the needs of its members. I have no doubt that this Association, which is fully aware of these challenges, will be able to offer this.'

Pat Jackson, former Chairperson of SAPHNA says 'I was delighted to be involved from the start in what I think is an exciting development in the history of School and Public Health Nursing. The health of children and young people has never been higher on the political agenda as it is now and it is only right that those professionals working to deliver this agenda should have access to a professional organisation that caters specifically for their needs.'

The aim of SAPHNA
SAPHNA is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in practice, taking forward the public health agenda by working in partnerships for the benefit of children and young people and the communities where they live and learn. This will be facilitated through the dissemination of our pages in the Journal of School and Public Health Nursing, conference/events, bulletins, website, research and other activity with key stakeholder groups.

To deliver our mission we aim to:
Articulate: the interests of school and public health nursess locally, nationally and internationally;
Build: an organisation driven and directed by the needs of professionals and celebrate the diversity of the communities which they serve;
Commit: to the advancement of the profession through building our resource of expertise and innovation in practice;
Influence: Department of Health, Department for Children, Schools and Families, education and others to develop and implement policies that promote integrated service provision and the health and well-being of current and future populations

SAPHNA Objectives
•Supporting career development
•A national voice across the UK
•A political base for influencing Government decision-making
•Hosting local, regional and national events to promote best practice
•Communication strategy via national and international links
•Promote and participate in research, ensuring dissemination of findings
•Links with like organisations

These objectives will be regularly reviewed at the SAPHNA annual general meetings. Any changes will reflect the current issues for School and Public Health Nursing, with particular reference to those directly concerning our membership.

SAPHNA are also available on a Consultancy basis to provide advice, support, knowledge, skills and expertise.

  • Current projects include event presentations through to resource development.  
  • Our rates are £500 per day plus expenses. 
  • Initial discussions/meetings are also charged at this rate, however, this is deductable should you decide to go ahead. 
  • We look forward to your enquiry and in working alongside you for the benefit of the school health workforce working with children, young people and their families.

Contact SAPHNA (School and Public Health Nurses Association) at Pinfold House, 10 Pinfold Rise, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EN; Tel: 07702 871922

SAPHNAExecutive Board 

Helen Ross (Chair) MSc, PG Dip, BSc (Hons), RGN, SCM, SCPHN (School Nursing
Helen is the lead for school nursing and the National Child Measurement Programme for Central Essex Community Services. She has had various roles and responsibilities within school nursing; as a practitioner, project manager, senior lecturer for the SCPHN (School Nursing) course and team leadership of both integrated school nursing and health visiting. Helen is a founder member of SAPHNA.

Sharon White (Professional Officer) BSc (Hons), RGN, SCM, SCPHN (School Nursing)
Sharon has held the role of UK professional officer for the School and Public Health Nurses Association since it was established in 2006, prior to this she was chair of the CPHVA School Nurse Committee. She has spent the bulk of her career working in the community with children, young people and their families as a school nurse practitioner, and subsequently at managerial, and strategic levels. She has recently left her NHS post as designated nurse for looked after children in Leeds.

Babs Young (Secretary) MSc, Cert Ed (FE) RGN, SCPHN (Health Visiting)
Babs has extensive experience in health visiting and working with the Department of Health as a nurse advisor for children and young people’s health. She has also worked as an independent nurse consultant and has recently returned to work as a practising health visitor in Kent. Babs is a founder member of SAPHNA and currently holds the position of secretary.

Sally Norfolk (Treasurer) BSc (Hons) RGN, SCPHN (School Nursing)
Sally is a retired school nursing manager with 27+ years working within school nursing both as a practitioner and manager. Sally has extensive experience developing and managing school nursing services. Sally is a founder member of SAPHNA and currently holds the position of treasurer.

Jane Walton BSC (Hons), RGN, RHV,School Nurse Cert, FP Cert
Jane is about to take up a post as an immunisation and screening co-ordinator with Public Health England. Previously she has worked as a locality manager for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust managing nine teams of health visitorsand school nurses who worked in integrated teams. Jane has previously been a school nurse for in excess of 10 years, a family planning nurse and a health visitor for three years. Jane joined the SAPHNA executive board in March 2012.

Jill Beswick MA, Dip N, RGN, RSCN, SCPHN (Health Visiting)
Jill is the healthy child pathway manager for Stockport Foundation Trust. This involves leading and managing the health visitors and school nurses in Stockport and leading on implementing the Healthy Child Programme. Jill has several years experience of management in provider services, safeguarding, health visiting and school nursing. Jill joined the SAPHNA executive board in March 2012.

Veronica Hetherington BSc (Hons), RGN, SCPHN (School Nursing)
Veronica is public health school nurse, professional lead in North Tyneside, employed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Veronica has extensive experience of working with children and young people in the community and has worked as a qualified school nurse since 1994. Veronica has been an executive board member of SAPHNA since March 2012 and has the role of website editor.

Penny Greenwood FFPH, MSc, BSc(Hons), SCPHN (School Nursing), RGN
Penny is a public health defined specialist working as nurse consultant in public health and has been an Executive Board Member of SAPHNA since March 2012. Penny’s current role includes commissioning the Healthy Child Programme and children’s public health services. Penny has previously worked in school nursing and with the Department of Health as an advisor for children and young people’s health.

Elaine Davies – BSc (Hons), Dip N, RGN, SCPHN (School Nursing)
Elaine has been a registered nurse since 1993 and a specialist community public health nurse since 2004. Elaine has previously worked in practice nursing, health visiting and in school nursing for five years. Her current post involves working in Northumberland as a public health specialist delivering interventions and pro-active public health to make a difference to the National Child Measurement obesity figures in Northumberland. Elaine has been an elected board member of
the SAPHNA executive board for four years.

Betsy Allen MSc, PG Dip, RGN, RHV
Betsy is the professional lead for school nursing for Devon and associate lecturer (SCHPN) University for the West of England. Betsy has been in school nursing since 1990 and completed an MSc in Healthcare in 2000 and her PGD in 2009. She has  previously been nurse for children in care in Devon. Betsy has been a SAPHNA executive board member for four years.