Mr Paul Darby BSc (Hons), MA, RHV, RSCN, RGN.
I am a member of the lecturing team on the BA, MA and Integrated Masters courses. As well as delivering lectures I coordinate the health and well-being, human development and reflective adult modules. I have taken students abroad to Sweden on a study visit, I am a member of the induction team.
I am a registered children’s Nurse and Health Visitor. During my career I have nursed children in acute settings including the Welsh Centre for burns and specialist surgical units in Morriston Hospital. As a Health Visitor I have had several roles both generic and specialist, including periods of work in Flying Start and Sure Start. I also undertook a pioneering role within the integrated Family Support team in Carmarthenshire. This involved working with and developing and researching the multiagency team’s progression with families effected by drug and alcohol misuse. I am currently undertaking a PGCE in higher education.
Early Years Special Interest Group.
I am interested in the themes of health and wellbeing and how environmental issues such as poverty influence children’s health outcomes. I have a passion for equality in health service provision and the realities of resource allocation and its impact upon the health of communities.
I am keen to develop research in relation to health and well-being of young children and multiagency working.
I am involved in the Mile a Day project.
Talking Science project- delivery and evaluation of workshops supporting science concepts in the early years.
I have experience in developing multi agency teams, particularly in challenging areas such as parental substance misuse and safeguarding. I have worked proactively with health promotion activities and community development.
I have an interest in the use of coaching and motivational interviewing in a leadership context and in developing relationships with children and families. I have experienced the positive outcomes for families when delivering community groups including baby massage, language and play and cooking and healthy eating.
I am convinced that, in the delivery of services to communities’, parents, students and children, that the primary effective factor is the development of a trusting, nurturing, honest and non-judgemental relationship. I hope to continue with this theme as paramount in my future research and teaching responsibilities. I am a member of the Early Years special interest group.
I have provided workshops on child development, play and integrated working for the HOME START annual conference.
I am currently preparing articles for professional journals.
Tinney, G. Darby, P. and Saer, S. (2017) Developing a fast track flexible programme for students working in the early years education and care sector. HEA Annual Conference, Manchester, July 4th, 2017.
I have delivered workshops at the Home Start Wales annual conference.