North Lincolnshire health visitor’s outstanding contribution to profession

Kathryn Deighton
Kathryn Deighton

A health visitor from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised for her ‘outstanding contribution’ to her profession.

Kathryn Deighton, 53, has been appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHv).

She’s one of 80 across England to be honoured with the prestigious title so far after the iHv was awarded a Department of Health grant to acknowledge 150 exceptional senior health visitors during 2014/15.

Kathryn began her nursing career in 1979. She came to work as a health visitor in Scunthorpe three years ago and is now team leader of the eight health visiting teams that offer help and support to children and families living within North Lincolnshire.

She has 25 years of health visiting experience in the Yorkshire and Humber region and also worked as a ward manager at Goole and District Hospital before moving into the health visiting profession.

Kathryn said: “I feel very honoured to have been awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Health Visiting. It will strengthen my leadership and give me the opportunity to raise the profile of the health visiting service both locally and nationally. With the support of the iHV, I will be able to contribute to the development of health visiting practice and influence the future of the profession.”

Dr Cheryll Adams, director of the iHV, said: “It was clear to our assessors that Kathryn is demonstrating excellence in practice, is a real leader and champion of the health visiting profession and passionate about improving health outcomes for children and their families.”