Dr Michael Fanner is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford and an Honorary Assistant Professor in Community Child Health at the School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham. Michael also keeps in touch with front-line child and family public health practice as a Health Visitor for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust once a week. Michael is currently establishing an England-wide Supporting Early Minds Research Network to identify, facilitate and support the research infrastructure focusing on the development of accessible, acceptable, and targeted interventions aimed at the cognitive and mental well-being of infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers (as part of the Mental Health in Development Theme, Oxford Health NIHR Biomedical Research Centre).
In 2012-13, Michael graduated as a Registered Nurse (Adult) and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) at King’s College London and maintains registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council through clinical, educational and research practice. In addition, Michael is a Queen’s Nurse and a Fellow of AdvanceHE / Higher Education Academy. Michael holds a PhD in social policy and has broad research interests across health visiting practice and policy, particularly how policy and practice ‘caters for’ ethically complex social issues, and the evidence translation journey. Michael is also an experienced educator and has lectured in nursing, paramedic science, social work, specialist community nursing and specialist community public health nursing across a number of universities.
Michael is an Associate Member and College Advisor at St Antony’s College and also supervises MSc and MPhil students on the Evidence Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation programmes.