Anne Davies, a well known and respected local nurse who is leaving the NHS this week (18 August) after more than 44 years of NHS service, 40 in Southampton, has called on health and local authorities to ensure children’s health needs remain on top of their agendas.
Anne said, “I have spent most of my career working with children with a disability and their families and have gained much inspiration from the care and support parents and carers provide for their children. There have been many changes to service provision but it is important that throughout these changes we always concentrate on providing nothing but the best to children in the City.”
Throughout her career, Anne has relentlessly championed children and family health matters and has been known to sometimes use unorthodox methods to push her points across. A colleague, Pete Norris, recalls one such method: “While other managers presented dry facts and figures, she presented photos of a child receiving care from a dozen different community services so as to vividly describe what pressures they were under and that her services were delivered in partnership with many other colleagues. It served as a very effective way to illustrate the need to always work for the good of the child.”
After completing her nursing training at Westminster Hospital in 1970, Anne was sponsored by Southampton Corporation (local authority) to train as a health visitor at Southampton University. A year later, she was appointed as a health visitor in the west of the City, before the service was transferred to Southampton Community Health Services in 1974 following a local government reorganisation.
Since then, she has held other senior roles within the NHS in Southampton and partner organisations including being Chair of Southampton Early Year Development and Childcare Partnership. It was during her tenure there when she was also involved with the opening of the first Sure Start Centre in Weston and met with then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and his deputy John Prescott when they visited the centre in 2004 (picture attached).
Her career has seen her work through at least 16 reorganisations within the NHS. She is currently the Head of Family and Sexual Health Services for Solent NHS Trust, after the organisation persuaded her to reverse an earlier decision to retire in 2009.
Solent NHS Trust Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Julie Pennycook,said, “Anne’s commitment to child and family health matters has benefitted many families in Southampton. She is a consummate professional who will be greatly missed by her colleagues. We wish Anne well in the next chapter of her life and as we say farewell, we express our gratitude for all her hard word and total dedication.”
A former colleague, Kevin Liles, added, “She was born in the same month was the NHS was created so you could say health services are in her DNA. She has had a long and distinguished career within the City, a career of dedicated service in developing and improving ‘out of hospital’ services particularly for children with profound physical and mental difficulties. She is proud of the NHS and always worked beyond the normal call of duty to improve its organisational efficiency and accessibility. Whilst the NHS will obviously find it hard to manage without her, we welcome Anne into retirement and all the great times that it will bring.”
Notes for Editors:
Anne’s colleagues will be bidding her farewell on Wednesday 17 August at Adelaide Health Centre, Millbrook, from 230pm. To attend or for more details please contact us via details below
Solent NHS Trust was created on 1 April 2011. We provide a range of community and specialist mental health services to over a million people in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire.
For more information please contact Elton Dzikiti, Assistant Communications Manager, Solent NHS Trust on 023 8060 8934.