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9 July 2002




The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association said: ‘We welcome the opportunity to respond to the forthcoming consultation document put forward by the NMC and the proposed simplification of the register which will be helpful. The concept of a public health nursing register holds out exciting possibilities and is something we have campaigned for, but needs to be carefully planned.

The issue of direct entry needs to be very carefully thought through. The key issue will be what level of nursing skills will health visitors have to acquire by the direct entry route.

The vast majority of our members have expressed the desire that nursing should remain the basis for being a health visitor. If health visitors are to be recruited and trained via direct entry what will concern our members is the extent that existing nurse training will be incorporated into the new direct entry course.

What has been proposed has massive implications for the education and training of health visitors and has to be considered in detail. The CPHVA would like to see a review in relationship to pre and post registration nurse education, taking into account our views.

However, as the public health profession develops, and we are in favour of positive change, the CPHVA will campaign for health visitors to retain their distinct identity and character, while recognising the contribution to public health of nurses working in other settings. This will enable the public to still easily understand the role of the health visitors and the work they do with families and in communities.

We will be consulting our members very carefully on these issues, so we can chart a progressive way forward that promotes the nursing contribution to the public health agenda.’



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA website: amicus-cphva.org

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