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12 September 2001

‘Imaginative Blueprint’ for Health Visitor Education Welcomed

A major document that will shape the future of health visitor education has been hailed as "an imaginative blueprint" that will reinforce the public health role of the profession.

The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association was commenting on the new consultation document by the UKCC called Requirements for programmes leading to registration as a health visitor.

The CPHVA is pleased that the UKCC proposals move away from the narrow specialist medical model of health visiting to a broader public health role that reflects the government’s priorities set out in Saving Lives, Our Healthier Nation and in the public health agendas of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Education, Sarah Forester said: ‘The consultation document will be welcomed by the profession. It clearly demonstrates that the UKCC has heard the criticisms expressed over the last few years about the nature of health visiting education. It has now produced an imaginative blueprint.’

Ms Forester urged all CPHVA members to help influence the consultation process which ends on 14 December. She hoped that the new proposed module for the 800-1,000 health visitor students, who annually take the one year course, would be introduced as soon as possible.

The document will be discussed at the UKCC committee’s meeting in March 2002, just before its successor body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council comes into being in April.



For further information, please contact:

Sarah Forester, mobile 07768 931310

Shaun Noble, Communications Officer - 020 7939 7043 or mobile - 07768 693940

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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.