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Anulika Ifezue

Anulika Ifezue

Specialist Health visitor, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

My name is Anulika. I am a clinical lead and specialist health visitor for perinatal and infant mental health in Manchester working for the Local care Organization which is part of Manchester Foundation Trust. I qualified as a registered general nurse in 1990 and as a health visitor in 2006. In my 34 years post qualification I have worked across acute care and community settings. In health visiting, I worked as a health visitor and Health visiting Practice educator before taking up the role of the specialist health visitor and lead for perinatal and infant mental health in 2016. My role involves collaboration with stakeholders and clinical leadership to establish, deliver, and evaluate sustainable service delivery program and training provision for early years staff, and to support the development of strategic pathways and policies to deliver effective service to parents and their babies. I am incredibly happy to have led the transformation of Manchester health visiting service to fully embed perinatal and infant mental health (parent-infant-relationship) into the pathways of universal and specialist health visiting service provision across the city.
I have provided expert leadership for health visiting service in several Greater Manchester strategic service improvement program, mainly through the Strategic Clinical Network (SCN). Some of these include the Better Birth program for greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire maternity services and the delivery of the NHS five year forward view for mental health for Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire. Recently I led the development of the Health Visiting action plan for the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire equity and equality maternity action plan.
I have recently completed the Elizabeth Gareth Anderson Healthcare senior leadership apprenticeship master’s program with Manchester Business school in my journey to grow. These where two years of incredible opportunity for learning and doing the healthcare senior leadership work through the support both from the university academic tutors and my work-based mentor.
I am passionate about prevention and early intervention in healthcare. I am also passionate about sustainable healthcare provision built on strong collaboration across organizations to achieve effective service transformation and continuous improvement for the healthcare that works for everyone. I aspire to see organizations build people that are happy to come to work and the community that will provide the sustainable resources required to run organizations by championing the professional development of existing workforce while seeking to recruit more. I am also passionate about clinical research and have served as Principal investigator and Co-Investigator for NIHR funded studies focused on perinatal mental health and babies.

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