promoting children & young people's public health

Sharon White qualified as state registered nurse in 1982 and worked as a staff nurse on an acute surgical ward gaining experience on medical, surgical and paediatric wards. In 1984 she qualified as a midwife and worked in a rural Scottish hospital and community caring for mothers and babies ante and post-natally.

On moving to Leeds she worked on the special care baby unit and transitional care gaining experience in  managing complex health needs and support to families. She then became night sister in a paediatric setting managing several wards and specialist units, here she continued to practice her midwifery skills with mums and babies known to carry infectious diseases. Sharon has since worked in the community as a School Nurse Practitioner, Manager, and Community Practice Teacher directing and delivering public health information and services. She has also worked as a sessional University Lecturer in public health supporting the delivery of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing degree.

For the past 12 years Sharon has worked part time as Designated Nurse for Looked After Children, leading and shaping services to improve the health outcomes of children in public care. In 2012 her team became national award winners as ‘Children’s Community Health Team of the Year’. Sharon co-developed the national ‘Champions for Children in Care’ group, comprising of nurses, social care, education and voluntary sector colleagues, influencing multi-agency agenda, policy and practice for Looked After Children.

Alongside this, Sharon is the Professional Officer of the UK-wide School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA), a post she has held for 7 years. Through this she, alongside her colleagues, drives forward the public health role and profession of School Nursing. She works at governmental and strategic level with the Department of Health, Department for Education and other key stakeholders, enabling  her to direct and influence community nursing and public health practice UK wide, whilst also retaining strong links at practice level. Sharon is also Co-Chair of the School Nurse International Committee, a body which supports the global development of the profession. She is a recognised local, national and international speaker at conferences and other events. In 2012 she was recognised at a Downing Street celebration by the Prime Minister for her "Leadership in Nursing".

As an independent author Sharon’s publications include; 'Puberty and Hygiene' (2006), 'The Health Needs of Looked After Children' (2007), 'A Toolkit for Promoting the Health of Looked After Children and Young People in Residential Care' (NCERCC/NCB) (2008) and 'Health; Pathways Series for Foster Carers' (Fostering network, 2009) as well as regular published articles in health, education and social care publications. She is an editorial board member of the British Journal of School Nursing and, in May 2013, will, via SAPHNA, launch the Journal of School and Public Health.

Sharon presently owns and directs her own nursing consultancy company and has had contracts across the UK, Europe and internationally and, as such, has recognition at a global level for both her support to the public health and social care sector.

Key skills

Passionate, dedicated and driven


Multi-agency/partnership working

Leadership, motivational and change agent

Managerial and team building/development

Excellent inter-personal and inter-professional communication skills, knowledge and experience

Organisational and planning

Extensive experience in "virtual" and "arms-length" model of working

Solution focused

Innovative and takes balanced risks


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