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16 November 2001


Health Visitor registration success hailed as "great victory" by CPHVA
Legislation that will safeguard the registration of health visitors on the new Nursing and Midwifery Council was hailed as "a great victory"
by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association today (Friday, 16 November).
It will also pave the way for the future registration of all those practicing at specialist levels within community and public health practice,
said the CPHVA’s director, Jackie Carnell.
Yesterday the government laid before Parliament new legislation which allows for the register of specialists in community and
public health with the new council, the UK professional regulatory body, which comes into being in April 2002.
Jackie Carnell said: ‘We have campaigned 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.’
‘This new legislation will guarantee that the public will continue to be served by competent and appropriately educated health visitors. I am delighted that the government has listened to our representations 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.’
It has meant that we have had to let go some things that we have held dear. Like for instance the loss of the name ‘health visitor’ in the title.’
The new draft legislation will also ensure 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.


Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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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