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Date 26 October 2000


The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association has elected Dr Pauline Pearson as its new chair.

Dr Pearson, who lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, takes over as chair of the 18-000 strong CPHVA in succession to Denise Campell who stands down after two years in the post.

Dr Pearson qualified as a health visitor in 1979 and practiced until 1993. She is now a Senior Lecturer in Primary Care Nursing at the University of Newcastle and Head of the Department of Primary Health Care. She spends one session a week with health visitor colleagues supporting a local parents’ group. Her current research interests include health needs assessment and developments in Primary Care.

Outlining the challenges ahead, Dr Pearson said: "The CPHVA must provide leadership in identifying and developing new, effective ways of working for health visitors and school nurses, and establishing evidence for community practice."

"Current policy agendas offer substantial opportunities for community practitioners, provided concerns about recruitment and resourcing can be met. Changes to education and training will also place increasing demands on practice, and require creative and flexible approaches."

Dr Pearson, who is married with two daughters, is a governor at Newcastle’s Moorside Community Primary School. Her interests include reading, walking and painting. Her appointment as chair is initially for one year.




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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.