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14 March 2012
The inaugural awards by the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association (CPHVA) were a celebration of “innovation, hard work and dedication”.
The ceremony, held in London last night (Tuesday, 13 March), dovetails with the 150th anniversary of the embryonic health visiting and public health professions which first came into being in 1862, as a result of action taken by the Manchester and Salford Ladies Sanitary Reform Association.
Unite lead professional officer, Obi Amadi said: “The CPHVA Awards recognise the valuable contribution that members have made to the health and wellbeing of their communities.
“They are trail blazing for the public health practitioners of tomorrow – the inaugural awards were a celebration of innovation, hard work and dedication.”
CPHVA Educator of the Year – Janice Rayner, health visitor and practice teacher, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
CPHVA Community Practitioner Team of the Year – West 2 Locality, South of Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
CPHVA Health Visitor of the Year – Pamela Shaw, health visitor/practice educator, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
CPHVA School Nurse of the Year – Jenny Alexander, school public health nurse and lead nurse for school aged children, British Forces, Germany
CPHVA Community Nursery Nurse of the Year – Barbara Evans, community nursery nurse, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
CPHVA Community Practitioner of the Year – Ruth Thompson, health visitor, breastfeeding lead, Flying Start, Betsi Cadwallader University Health Board Trust
CPHVA Team Manager/Team Lead of the Year – Kath Clark, locality clinical manager, Havant and Waterlooville Child Health Teams, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Childen's Services NHS
CPHVA Advocate of the Year – Norma Dudley, health visitor, Waltham Forest PCT, North East London.
The CPHVA is a professional section in the health sector of Unite, the country's largest trade union.