Meet the Team

Trainers


Evelyn Stewart – As well as running Sleep-Soundly and EDS Training ltd, Evelyn was the Senior Paediatric Sleep Practitioner within NHS Southampton Children’s Sleep Disorder Service in Southampton for nearly nine years until the summer of 2017, where she managed a team of practitioners. In addition to this Evelyn was the course facilitator and trainer for the NHS Southampton Sleep Training Courses, teaching approximately 40% of the course. The Southampton courses have been highly praised by its attendees, many of whom are Consultant Paediatricians, Clinical Psychologists, Health Visitors, CAMHS Practitioners, LD Nurses etc. Evelyn is pleased to be able to continue to offer this same high standard of teaching privately and has taught on the subject of sleep both nationally and internationally. Evelyn is a member of the British Sleep Society, The International Paediatric Sleep Association and The World Sleep Society. Before working in the world of sleep Evelyn worked both as a Behavioural Ad visor as part of a specialist ADHD service within an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. 


Kirsty Vant - Kirsty trained as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse with a combined BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing from South Bank University in 1997. After 5 years working with adults as a general nurse, Kirsty joined the NHS School Nursing team in Ashford, Kent.

In 2007 Kirsty completed a postgraduate diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, School Nursing and in 2012 completed additional training at Canterbury Christ Church University to become dual qualified as a Health Visitor and School Nurse. She has been working with children and families for 15 years and has experience within both statutory and private services.

In 2015 Kirsty founded Nurture Family Health which offers assessment and support to children and families with a range of sleep problems. In addition to sleep, Kirsty is a qualified counsellor and has a particular interest in emotional health with experience of working with attachment issues, eating, anxiety and postnatal depression. Kirsty works both on a one to one basis with clients or in groups, either as part of therapy or training. Kirsty has completed Southampton Sleep Practitioner Training course, she has worked with children of all ages from babies to teenagers. Kirsty is a member of the Royal College of Nursing, the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), the International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


Guest Speakers;


Jenny Stephenson - Jenny is a chartered educational psychologist with a specialist role in the area of sleep and well-being. She is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of sleep on children’s development and applying evidence-based practice to support families and schools in this area. She has worked as an educational psychologist for the local authority since 2005 and her practice has included training for schools, parents and professionals on understanding and managing children’s sleep and training for schools on promoting healthy sleep. Jenny has a special interest in sleep related anxiety and is an executive committee member of the British Sleep Society.


Katie Palmer - Katie has been working with families on a one to one basis for 22 years. She completed her NNEB training and worked as a nanny around the world before moving to London. Katie then completed the MNT Maternity Nurse course, which resulted in her working as a private Maternity Nurse. This work evolved and Katie became a sleep trainer, setting up a very successful private sleep consultancy with two fellow practitioners. She attended the Southampton Sleep Practitioner Training course in 2012, which furthered her own professional knowledge, and provided her with more effective ways of giving parents informed, research based choices, to manage their children's sleep problems. Katie's has joined the EDS Training team as a guest speaker as she is keen to share her expertise and knowledge regarding sleep issues in little ones with other health professionals.


Sarah Wilson - Sarah originally started her career in government and headed up a training & policy team that dealt with housing, benefits and poverty. She also volunteered at a food bank in London and wrote the policy on homelessness and addiction.

Sarah now works for the Lullaby Trust which is the UK’s leading charity on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). As part of her work for the Lullaby Trust Sarah trains all over the country on safer sleep and bereavement support to a wide audience, including doctors, nurses, health visitors, midwives and the police. Sarah also attends various Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP’s) and advises on national SIDS policy. During the Paediatric Sleep Training Course for Professionals Sarah shares her experiences of working with families who have lost a child to SIDS, as well as looks at the statistics, and advises on safe sleep practices