The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association

Radical, Professional, Caring

Mission Statement
The CPHVA is a professional organisation and trade union which is committed to transparency and democracy, within an environment which values the diversity of our membership and the communities we serve. We are also committed to leadership in the advancement of practice through education, research and innovation, improving the working lives of our members and the health and well-being of the public.

CPHVA Annual Report, November 2001

CPHVA Fact Sheet - aims, personnel, and structure - January 2002

The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association is the UK professional body that represents registered nurses and health visitors who work in a primary or community health setting. The CPHVA is an autonomous section of the new Amicus trade union, the country’s second largest.

With 18,000 members, the CPHVA is the third largest professional nursing union and is the only union, which has public health at its heart.

The CPHVA campaigns to protect the status of the community practitioner and the services they deliver. To this end, it has enjoyed much success - the government is now committed to the importance of community practitioners as part of its strategy for eradicating health inequalities.

At the same time, there is no room for complacency as certain NHS trusts, health authorities and boards are always seeking to "restructure" or introduce economies that could be detrimental to CPHVA members and their clients.

The CPHVA talks on a daily basis to key decision makers in the Department of Health, the NHS Executive, NHS trusts across the UK, and other professional organisations. It is conscious that devolution means new individual healthcare agendas for the four countries that form the United Kingdom.

The CPHVA’s labour relations team actively campaigns to protect and enhance the pay and conditions of the membership, and makes detailed, cogent submissions to the Pay Review Body for Nursing Staff, Midwives and Health Visitors.

CPHVA influences policy decisions by the production of high-quality reports and consultation documents, as well as by the staging of conferences and seminars. By maintaining its profile with journalists, it receives coverage in national, regional and specialist media outlets for its viewpoint.

The CPHVA also offers its membership a comprehensive annual programme of specialist, professional development, education and training courses, conferences and seminars. The CPHVA holds its own three-day annual conference every autumn.

The CPHVA’s ruling body is its Executive Committee.

The director, Mark Jones is responsible for the running of the CPHVA on a daily basis and implementing its strategic goals. He is assisted by a team of professional officers responsible for education, policy, school nursing and public health, and practice and district nursing. Barrie Brown is the CPHVA’s head of labour relations.

To meet the challenges presented by devolution, the CPHVA has expanded the roles of its professional officers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

At its London headquarters, there is an information resources centre that is staffed to answer inquires from the membership, swiftly and effectively.

The CPHVA also produces the Community Practitioner journal free every month and the job Opportunities supplement free every fortnight. The acting editor is Melanie Danforth.

The CPHVA also has a network of special interest groups, reflecting the concerns of community practitioners, such as working with older people and with travellers.

The CPHVA provides indemnity insurance cover against claims of up to Ł3 million for members.

Amicus - MSF
The Amicus-MSF section represents 65,000 professionals working in the NHS. It also has members employed in the manufacturing, science and finance sectors. MSF merged with the AEEU on 1 January 2002 to form Amicus, which has a million members.

Being part of a larger organisation gives the CPHVA added strength in its aim of ensuring that the community practitioner remains a valued - and distinct - entity in the health service for the next decade.

The CPHVA is based at 40 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD. (Nearest Underground station is London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee lines.)

Telephone: 020 7939 7000 Fax: 020 7403 2976

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