Health Visiting Fellowship for Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr Louise Condon, Associate Professor of Nursing at Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has been made a fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV).

Dr Condon, who joined the college earlier this year with a background in nursing, midwifery, and health visiting, was awarded the fellowship by the Government Health Minister, Dr Dan Poulter, at a ceremony in Westminster on 11 March.

Institute of Health Visiting Fellows are health visitors with exceptional leadership qualities delivering excellence in practice. They are known as professionals who 'push the boundaries', have an entrepreneurial spirit and have made a real difference to the health outcomes of children, families and communities. Whilst many are from clinical practice, some also come from research and education.

Dr Condon’s application for fellowship was supported by testimonies from a peer, line manager and a student and was subsequently reviewed by leaders of the profession.

Dr Condon said: “I took part in a four day leadership programme in London with fellow iHV fellows from across the country where I learnt more about influencing policy, promoting health visiting practice as well as leadership.

“I think it’s very important to have strong links between university and practice.  My background is very firmly in practice with extensive experience in the NHS as health visitor and midwife and I feel that I bring this expertise to my academic career. 

“It’s good to have contribution to the health visiting profession in both practice and research recognised. I’ll build on these links in future work into health and wellbeing in Wales.

Dr Condon concluded: “I feel very honoured to be one of the first cohorts of fellows, and look forward to implementing what I have learnt in my role here at the College.”