Paul Darby

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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.