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16 June 2000

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH BLUEPRINT FOR SCOTLAND TO BE LAUNCHED AT CPHVA CONFERENCE

A consultation outlining the future role of nurses in public health in Scotland will be unveiled at the annual Scottish conference of the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association in Edinburgh on Monday, 26 June.

The consultation document for The Review of the Nurses' Contribution to Improving the Public's Health will be launched by Anne Jarvie, Chief Nurse, Scottish Executive at the conference to be held at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

The Director of the CPHVA, Jackie Carnell said: "It is excellent that this important consultation document is being launched at the CPHVA's Scottish Conference as health visitors and community nurses are keen to embrace the challenges that it sets out."

The CPHVA's Professional Officer for Scotland, Anna Daley said: "This is about encouraging best practice and leadership, looking at education, training and continuous improvement among the nursing staff. The consultation phase has been very inclusive incorporating social services, patient representatives and the voluntary sector, thus encouraging a broader remit for public health than has previously existed."

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Anna Daley Professional Officer (Scotland) 0498 531001
Shaun Noble Communications Officer 020 7939 7043

The media are warmly welcomed to attend this conference which is being held at:

Royal College of Physicians
Queen Street
Edinburgh

The conference runs from 9.30am until 15.30pm on Monday, 26 June. Anne Jarvie is due to speak at 10.15am

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the MSF web site: www.msfcphva.org

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.


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