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10 February 2000


The Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association has appointed Briege Coyle as its new Professional Officer for Northern Ireland.

Ms Coyle has been working as a health visitor for the Foyle NHS Trust for the last nine years. She will continue to work part-time for the trust on a project on post-natal depression.

Ms Coyle, who lives in Londonderry/Derry, outlined the challenges for the CPHVA in Northern Ireland.

She said: "In the White Paper Fit for the Future - the blueprint for healthcare in Northern Ireland - the government promised that community practitioners will play a pivotal role in commissioning services for clients."

"One of the key areas will be to ensure that health visitors gain access to funding as part of the Sure Start initiative designed to eradicate the health inequalities that afflict many families in the most deprived parts of Northern Ireland."

The CPHVA's Director, Jackie Carnell said: "We are delighted that Briege has decided to join the CPHVA at this important time in its development. I am sure that she will make a valuable contribution to promoting the community practitioner agenda in Northern Ireland."



A photograph of Briege Colye is enclosed for the print media.

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Shaun Noble Press Officer 0171 939 7043 mobile 0468 69 39 40

The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents more than 17,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.