A long-serving Morpeth health worker has been recognised as one of the best in the country.
Health visitor Elaine Luff, who is based at Wellway Medical Group, has been selected as one of just 80 nationwide to join the prestigious Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) Fellowship programme.
She is the first from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to receive the honour, which will see her undertake a four-day leadership development course and work to develop the next generation of health visitors, integrate new policy and research into practice and make a difference to the health of children and families.
Ms Luff, who started as a cadet nurse in the NHS more than 40 years ago, said: “It is a great honour and truly humbling to be chosen to join this prestigious group and be recognised as a visionary leader in health visiting.
“Health visitors play a hugely important role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life and achieve their full potential.
“I relish the prospect of helping to develop the health visitors of the future and ensuring that families in Northumberland and beyond continue to receive the highest level of support.”
Ms Luff currently works in Morpeth, Pegswood, Bedlington and Choppington, offering support to families from pregnancy and birth to primary school age and beyond to help them stay healthy. She has a particular interest in maternal and infant mental health, and the impact relationships with family and friends can have on a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
Every family with a child under five has a named health visitor, who works alongside midwives, GPs, children’s centre and community and voluntary services.
Director of iHV Dr Cheryll Adams said: “We are delighted to appoint more Fellows to the Institute to strengthen leadership in the health visiting profession and to help develop the next generation of health visitors. There is immense talent in our profession and our Fellows lead the way in pushing the boundaries to ensure excellence in practice.”