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14 December 2001


House of Lords Passes Order Establishing the New Nursing and Midwifery Council "Great Victory", says CPHVA
The legislation that will safeguard the registration of health visitors on the new Nursing and Midwifery Council passed through its final parliamentary stages in the House of Lords on 13 December 2001.
This means that the new Nursing and Midwifery Council, the UK professional regulatory body, will come into being in April 2002. The final outcome was in doubt right up to the last minute, after peers had been vigorously lobbied by a group of dissatisfied health visitors.
The CPHVA, along with the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing, had lobbied equally hard to get the legislation
The legislation will pave the way for the future registration of all those practising at specialist levels within community and public
health practice.
The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association has hailed the new legislation as a great victory for community practitioners and health visitors, but it also ensures that legislation that will provide a sound framework for professional regulation is not to be delayed.
The CPHVA’s director, Jackie Carnell said: ‘We have campaigned hard to retain public protection through the continued registration of health visitors. We have also fought for a legislative framework that will provide the means to ensure public protection through the registration of all those working at specialist levels within community and public health practice.’
‘I am delighted that Parliament has passed the enabling order and I believe this opens a new and positive era for all those working in community practice.’
This is what our members asked us to do in 1998, after a full and comprehensive consultation exercise. The new legislation means that we have achieved all that we set out to achieve on their behalf.’
The legislation also ensures that the four health visitor members and alternates on the council will continue to be elected after 2004, giving them equal representation with nurses and midwives. The health visitor members and alternates on the council are all CPHVA members.’


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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union