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22 October 2002






Plymouth’s Director of Public Health has won an award that highlights her leadership role in improving the health of Plymouth’s population.

Debra Lapthorne, who works for the Plymouth Primary Care Trust, is this year’s winner of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association Charitable Trust Excellence in Leadership Award.

Ms Lapthorne is the first health visitor in England to hold the post of Director of Public Health in the new primary care trust (PCT) set-up – there are now more than 300 PCTs in England.

One of the key factors for the judges was Ms Lapthorne’s work with a number of partners in the development of Plymouth’s Health Action Zone (HAZ), which has channelled more than £7m into the city to improve the health of Plymouth’s poorest communities.

She will receive a £1,500 personal award and £1,000 to develop her work at the CPHVA’s annual conference in Harrogate (31 October- 2 November 2002).



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