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 Michelle Moseley MSc, BSc, PGCE, RGN, RSCN, RHV

Michelle Moseley


Lecturer: Primary Care and Public Health Nursing

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 225 10670
Room 515, 5th Floor, EastGate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB

My nursing career has spanned twenty-five years predominately working with children and young people. Having worked in a paediatric setting, it has been very clear that whatever the situation, my focus has been on the child/young person, with consideration of any external factors they have been exposed to. This includes exposure to adverse childhood experiences, health inequalities and public health issues which impacts their health and development and can have an adverse effect on meeting their individual physical, educational, psychological, behavioural and social well-being needs. As a health visitor and lead nurse for safeguarding children, I am aware of the impact of some of the afore mentioned issues on the child and family. I have experience of a varied range of child protection processes and continued to work in partnership with colleagues from all agencies – placing the rights of the child first and endeavouring to lessen the risk of significant harm.  I am consistent in taking a multi-agency approach when working with children, families, and communities and I have seen the positive impact this has had on engagement and behavioural change. As a nurse academic I am very much aware of the evidence based research available in the protection of children and The Welsh Government’s positive steps in aiming to support children, young people and the population from a policy perspective, (Health Child (Wales) Programme, Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act) which underpins my practice. For the past two years I have undertaken whole school leadership roles within the university as well as being a programme manager for the SCPHN programme and safeguarding module lead. I teach across under-graduate and post-graduate programmes with my expertise being safeguarding children and young people. I have facilitated successful inter-professional education workshops with the school of social sciences. My most recent role as director, has given me more of a strategic insight into School business and I have represented at college level in a strategic placement group.  As safeguarding nurse of the year, I represented the RCN in giving evidence in support of the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) Wales Bill, and I am part of a task and finish group planning dissemination of the Bill across agencies.

My clinical nursing experience is children’s nursing (general paediatrics, community paediatrics, and paediatric intensive care), health visiting and safeguarding children. Within my role as Lead Nurse for safeguarding children I supervised health practitioners, predominantly health visitors and school nurses in their child protection work. The role involved training and liaising with partner agencies when a child protection concern occurred. I am passionate about inter-professional working/education, safeguarding children supervision and the effects of domestic abuse on children. My Masters dissertation focussed on health visitors’ responses to domestic abuse incidents and the development of a policy to assist health visitor’s decision making. My lecturing experience spanning 7 years has allowed me to continue to share my passion of protecting children’s rights, raising awareness of what is child protection, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences to under-graduate and post-graduate students here in the UK and internationally. I have a varied experience in teaching and learning and have undertaken lead roles as Specialist Community Public health nursing (SCPHN) programme manager, under-graduate education lead and Director of Learning in Practice. I commenced a PhD in October 2018 as a part-time student and my study is ethnographic in design and will explore how supportive safeguarding supervision is for health visitors. I am active within the health visiting profession and continue to speak at national and international conferences and I have started publishing my work. My team are also editing a commissioned book by Sage publishers. I am co-ordinating the safeguarding section. I am a member of the Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA), and I have undertaken the role of Wales Chair within its executive committee for the last three years. This role ends in December 2019.  I became the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Wales, safeguarding nurse of the year in 2018 which was honour and exposed me to further leadership opportunities. I have recently been appointed as Professional Editor of the “Community Practitioner” Journal.

Honours and awards

RCN Safeguarding Nurse of the Year 2018

Student Nursing Times Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration) 2019

Professional memberships

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association/Unite

Royal College of Nursing

Associate member Institute of Health Visiting

Association of Child Protection Professionals

Speaking engagements

September 2012 – Aneurin Bevan Research and development conference. Poster presentation. Evaluating the influence of a Domestic Abuse Conference call (DACC) on health visiting practice.

January 2013 – School research seminar. Evaluating the influence of a Domestic Abuse Conference call (DACC) on health visiting practice.

September 2016 – Global Network of Public health nursing International conference (Denmark) Poster presentation. Evaluating the influence of a Domestic Abuse Conference call (DACC) on health visiting practice.

November 2016 – Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) national conference (Telford). Oral presentation. Fit for practice? Using a dual framework approach for specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) competency assessment.

March 2017 – British Dermatology Nursing Group regional conference (Manchester) Oral presentation Child development.

March 2017 – Royal College of Nursing (RCN) International Education conference (Cardiff) Oral presentation. Fit for practice? Using a dual framework approach for specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) competency assessment.

October 2017 - Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) national conference (Cardiff). Poster presentation. Evaluating the influence of a Domestic Abuse Conference call (DACC) on health visiting practice.

May 2018 – Chief Nursing Officer of Wales Annual conference (Cardiff). Poster presentation. An Evaluation of a new group supervision process for Health Visitors in Wales: A Pilot Study.

October 2018 - Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) national conference (Bournemouth). Oral and poster presentation. An Evaluation of a new group supervision process for Health Visitors in Wales: A Pilot Study.

March 2019 – Royal College of Nursing Education Forum Conference (Bristol) Abstract accepted (Evidence attached with application). Oral presentation. An Evaluation of a new group supervision process for Health Visitors in Wales: A Pilot Study.

May 2019 – Global Network of Public health Nursing International Conference (Nairobi, Kenya). Oral presentation. An Evaluation of a new group supervision process for Health Visitors in Wales: A Pilot Study.

September 2019- Cardiff University Learning and Teaching Conference (Cardiff). Oral presentation. Forum Theatre development for SCPHN students.

October 2019 – Community and Practitioner and Health Visitor association (CPHVA) national conference. Masterclass. Safeguarding Supervision. Supportive or not?



I strive to deliver evidence-based, high quality teaching, which is innovative, relevant and motivational for all students. I am aligned within the Primary Care and Public health nursing team. As SCPHN Programme manager I worked extremely closely with students, practice teachers, service users and health board partners to establish an innovative curriculum that was student centred whilst meeting all relevant learning outcomes and benchmarks. I have module led several modules – health promotion, global public health, health promotion (Oman) and the practice teacher module. I am currently module lead for the safeguarding module within the SCPHN programme. My background is as a lead nurse for safeguarding children. I have seen the benefits of working within a multi-agency environment and have instilled this into the safeguarding module and promoted inter-disciplinary working throughout the SCPHN programme. For example, I introduced a ‘neglect workshop’ for students from SOCSI and the SCPHN students. This was developed based on work from practice and developed to meet the students learning outcomes as well as being extremely applicable to safeguarding practice. This was a collaboration with colleagues from the School of Social Sciences (SOCSI) and the workshop continues and is positively evaluated by both sets of students. The safeguarding module is a collaboration with practice leads, specialists in the safeguarding arena and now incorporates the safeguarding of adults. I have been involved in significant educational innovation and course development at a postgraduate level and undergraduate level. From a postgraduate perspective, I designed the current SCPHN curriculum, taking the lead as a deputy programme manager and worked closely with the SCPHN and HCARE quality team to ensure a high-quality programme was established meeting all university and NMC benchmarks.

I am involved with the undergraduate nursing new curriculum from a placements perspective and I sit on the programme development team meetings. Student engagement is essential as programme manager I attended postgraduate staff/student panels and liaised with undergraduate students regarding induction as undergraduate education lead. I have been involved as Director of Learning in Practice in the school commissioning meeting, engaging with students and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW). I have undertaken the role of Director of Learning in Practice, I took a strategic lead on placements with consultation with the senior management team, placement team and senior professional support staff. The role involved working in partnership with health boards across Wales. I have instigated processes with liaison with Director of therapies, nursing, and practice educators. I have forged relationships with the HCARE placement leads with an aim to ensure effective and good quality placements for our students. I represented the college at the placements steering group. I have liaised with placement colleagues across BLS to inform this group of current practices and feedback as required.

I am a part-time PhD student and my study is safeguarding related. The study is ethnographic in design and entitled:

To what extent does safeguarding supervision support health visitors in their safeguarding work; an ethnographic study.

Supervisors: Professor Daniel Kelly and Dr Judith Carrier

Project Summary

The project will use an ethnographic approach observing health visitors (HV) receiving safeguarding supervision and subsequently working with safeguarding issues in practice. Safeguarding supervision involves support, advice and action planning to practitioners who are involved in the safeguarding of children Health visitors work with children and their families aged 0-5 years and are regularly involved in the safeguarding agenda, where children have been placed at risk of significant harm by their parent or carer.  Ethnography refers to a type of qualitative research, which is observational. This allows researchers to work within the field of choice and blend into the culture they are observing. Health visitors in this case. They will be observed prior to, during and post safeguarding supervision as well as in their field of practice – home visiting.

Observation will take place in practice during visits to the families they have discussed in the supervision process. The observation will be on the health visitor interaction with the family. The maximum sample size for this stage of the study will be five health visitors working in varied areas of practice (generic health visiting, flying start health visiting, travelling families, health visitors working with the homeless and asylum seekers as well as black and minority ethnic (BME) families). Interviews will be taken on route to the visit and after the visit to capture first thoughts and feelings. Information will be collected via one to one interviews (health visitors, safeguarding nurse advisors) focus groups (Peer supervision groups), documentary analysis, and observation (health visitors and families).

There has been a recent change in supervision practice within one local health board, which has led the way for other health boards in managing safeguarding supervision. Historically, this has been undertaken on a one to one basis. This has become a burden on safeguarding team resources hence the change to group supervision. This was recently evaluated as a pilot study by the researcher. The pilot study saw a 69% satisfaction of the group supervision process by health visitors. Most of the recommendations from that study are in place with group supervision now offered on a three-monthly basis with conditions in place. One of these conditions is that if supervision was requested on a one to one basis by the health visitor, this would take place. The aim of this study is to further evaluate the safeguarding supervision process since the roll out all health visitors within the health board and to develop a model of safeguarding supervision which could benefit any safeguarding practitioner.


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