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11 May 2000


The Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association has revamped its team of Professional Officers to give "a sharper focus" to the challenges that lie ahead for its 18,000 members.

Obi Amadi joins from the Greenwich Healthcare Trust where she was Services Manager in charge of 120 people to become the CPHVA's Lead Professional Officer, Health Visiting.

Obi, who lives in Lewisham, trained as a midwife at Queen Charlotte's Hospital before gaining her health visiting qualification at the West London Institute of Higher Education. She worked as a health visitor and manager for the then Lambeth Community Trust for nine years before becoming Services Manager for the Greenwich Healthcare Trust.

Obi said: "This is an exciting time for health visitors and community nurses as the Government has reinforced the important role that community practitioners have in the fight to reduce health inequalities. The CPHVA has a vital role in helping shape and deliver health improvement programmes - and I look forward to playing my part in supporting practitioners to achieve this."

Pat Jackson, the former Professional Officer for School Health, has an extended, full-time post at the CPHVA as Professional Officer for School Health and Public Health. She has worked in school health since 1987, covering clinical practice, and management and education.

Pat, who lives near Chelmsford, said: "We need to develop a public health strategy for the CPHVA because it is at the top of the agenda for all community practitioners."

Shaun Noble, who lives in Cambridge, has been appointed Professional Communications Officer. He worked as a journalist on the Cambridge Evening News and in media relations' roles for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, The Industrial Society and the Women's Royal Voluntary Service. He has also worked as a marketing manager in the City.

The CPHVA's Director, Jackie Carnell said: "I am confident that theses recent appointments will enable the CPHVA to deliver its message to Government and the NHS, and serve its own membership with a sharper focus and even greater clarity."



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The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.