Paediatrics Representative, Scotland
During the first ten years of her consultant post in Glasgow, in addition to her clinical commitments in community paediatrics, Lucy worked 2 days a week in the Health Board's Maternal and Child Public Health Team. Responsibilities over the years included co-ordination of Pregnancy and Newborn Screening, child health surveillance, locality profiles (including child health input to www.understandingglasgow.com), and chairing the group that developed the national Scottish Personal Child Health Record, introduced in 2010.
Since losing those child public health sessions in 2012, Lucy manages to continue some population-level work through an interest in informatics – particularly systems and data supporting services for children with disability and 'vulnerability'.
Clinical work covering an area with a disparity in male life expectancy approaching 20 years between richest and poorest keeps a strong interest in child health inequalities very much alive.
Lucy is an active member of the International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health (co-organiser of conference in St Andrew's, 2012) and is also involved in the work of the Children are Unbeatable Alliance - hoping that Scotland will succeed in leading the UK in legislating for the equal protection of children.