My name is Helen Robson.

I have been a clinical nurse specialist within Cleft Lip and Palate for 15 years. I became involved with cleft at the establishment of the centralisation of specialist care. I joined a network and was pivotal in developing a nursing service at outreach centres within the network. I very much value multidisciplinary working and have enjoyed establishing a nursing service supporting early feeding support. I have maintained a community focused model enabling nurses to problem solve and practice autonomy. My research interests include the management of Robin babies and have been a participant in the international research consensus group. I also have an interest in sleep obstruction and am a PI  in a research study called SLUMBRS. I am a non-medical prescriber. Developing research within cleft and especially within nursing is invaluable as well as education. I am involved in a teaching programme in Tajikistan and have also supported the European cleft nursing programme.

I am really excited about being part of CLEFT and offering a positive contribution.