Heather Polglass
      • Heather Polglass
      • Registered Nurse
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      • 9 Chess Business Park
      • Moor Road
      • Chesham
      • Buckinghamshire
      • HP5 1SD
      • 01494 792711
      • 01494 799999

Heather Polglass

Registered Nurse

Qualifications

SRN, Health Visitor Certificate

Specialisms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Antenatal Care
  • Safeguarding
  • Health Promotion
  • Nurse Prescribing

Introduction

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1985 and completed my Health Visitor certificate in 1987. Since then I have gained extensive experience in health visiting and public health, working in rural and inner city settings with different NHS Trusts. I have ensured my practice is evidence based and work in accordance with the Health Visitors’ Standard Operating Procedures in delivering the Healthy Child Programme. I have experience working with vulnerable families, in assessing and identifying their needs and working in partnership with professionals in planning, co-ordinating and delivering interventions to meet those family’s needs. I have submitted written reports and attended child case conferences on several occasions throughout my career.

In addition, I have several years experience in nurse prescribing, I wrote and delivered a training package for breast feeding support workers both in the voluntary and statutory sectors. I have  experience in receiving and providing clinical supervision to staff and volunteers. I am trained as a clinical supervisor and mentor used to regular clinical supervision sessions both as an advisor and advisee. 

As a public health nurse I was involved in managing the changing role of the health visiting service in line with the “Health Visitors Implementation Plan 2011-2015”. Whilst there, I was instrumental in developing "Creswick Street Young Parents Unit" which was short-listed for a "Health and Social Care" award in 2003. This work involved lots of communication, negotiation and reassurance skills both with colleagues and teenage parents. As a public health nurse I initiated and managed public health initiatives within the Derbyshire Dales, working in partnership with other agencies we targeted areas of work linked to national and local priorities.

My strong communication and facilitation skills supported the integration of the “UNICEF Baby friendly” award in Derbyshire; latterly those skills have helped to ensure the continual engagement of vulnerable families regularly attending the Bright Futures antenatal project I facilitate. I have a talent for quickly understanding community and Trust priorities, with an aptitude in converting information at both strategic and operational levels into appropriate actions.  I have both operational and strategic experience in writing strategies and the delivery of them, in line with Government targets, for example: Strategy for tackling teenage pregnancy and sexual health for Sheffield West PCT.

I retired from my permanent position in June 2016. I work regularly as a Bank Health Visitor in Derbyshire and continue to advise Health Visitor colleagues on breast feeding problems. I have written and now teach antenatal courses.

I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.