Sharin Baldwin was awarded third place for Contributions to Health Visiting Education at the Journal of Health Visiting Awards this month, for her work to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of new fathers in the UK.
Sharin is a trained nurse, midwife and health visitor. She also works as Health Visiting Clinical Academic Lead in London North West Healthcare Trust. Sharin is the first UK health visitor to be awarded a Clinical Doctoral Fellowship by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).
Her research interest is in the mental health and wellbeing of fathers. Sharin is the Principal Researcher of NEST – the New Dad Study set up in 2016, which aims to improve mental health and wellbeing support for new fathers in the UK. While the importance of mothers’ needs during their transition to motherhood is widely recognised, fathers’ needs remain poorly understood and often unmet by relevant health professionals. The findings from NEST’s research will inform how health professionals – including health visitors - who are in contact with new parents during and after the birth of their baby could better support new fathers.
The Journal of Health Visiting Award acknowledges Sharin’s contribution as a health visitor, but also towards the development of the health visiting profession.
About the Journal of Health Visiting Awards
The Journal of Health Visiting is dedicated to advancing the profession through promoting evidence-based best practice. Its awards aim to highlight and reward excellence in evidence-based health visiting, where innovation, leadership and clinical excellence are all highlighted and celebrated.
About Sharin’s research
You can find out more Sharin’s research on the NEST website.