Dr Janice Lewis PhD, MSc (Econ), RGN, RSCN, RHV, FHEA.
Jan is a senior lecturer and has worked at Swansea University since 2005. Prior to this she worked in the NHS in Wales and in England for 22 years. Jan’s professional background in the field of nursing, health visiting and primary health care and involvement in public health research informs her teaching. She teaches topics related to public health, primary care, health policy, inequalities in health, leadership, clinical leadership, partnership working and safeguarding across a range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. In 2015, Jan led on the design and subsequent delivery of the MSc Leadership, Management and Innovation in Health Care (2015-18); a commissioned post graduate programme which was part of the NHS Wales General Management Graduate Scheme 2016-18 for Academi Wales (Welsh Government). Currently, Jan is the programme director for the MSc Health Care Management programme and convenes a number of postgraduate and undergraduate modules within the Department of Public Health and Social Science, College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University.
In 2018 Jan completed a part time doctoral study titled An Ethnographic Study of Interpretations by Health Visitors in Wales of the Principle: ‘The Influence on Policies affecting Health’.
The Influence on Policies Affecting Health’ (IPAH) is the third of four core principles of health visiting practice (CETHV 1977) and viewed as ‘the most controversial and difficult.’ (Cowley and Frost, 2006 p31). This study shines a light on the reality of IPAH and of how health visitors contribute and interact with policy. Additionally, the findings of the study are of relevance for other similar, frontline professional groups.