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6 February 2002



New Primary Care Boards ‘A Bridgehead’, says CPHVA
How members are appointed to the new Northern Ireland primary care boards was cautiously welcomed by the CPHVA as "a vital bridgehead for community nurses to make their voices heard".
The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association was responding to the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety’s guidelines on the constitution of the new Local Health and Social Care Groups (LHSCG) Management Boards. They are due to be up and running on 1 April 2002.
The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Northern Ireland, Briege Coyle said:
‘I acknowledge that there has been criticism of the consultation document Building the Way Forward in Primary Care for proposing that the majority of seats are to be filled by senior staff members from the existing trusts and boards.’
However I believe that this offers an important bridgehead for community nurses to have a real ‘say’ to influence the direction of primary care in Northern Ireland. It is not perfect, but it is a start upon which we must build.’
I would also urge that assurances are made that at least one of the nurses on the LHSCGs has a community nursing background. This has not been made clear in the guidelines. There must be a proper balance between those at senior level and those practising in the clinical environment who can best represent the views of patients.’
‘Community nurses at operational level must use these structures as an opportunity to influence services so they are sensitive to local needs.’
‘There must be mechanisms introduced so that nurses working in the community and members of the public can make their opinions heard to the representatives on the LHSCGs.’
Board members will need ‘protected time’ to carry out their duties and the CPHVA would like all members of the new LHSCGs to have the same remuneration package for these appointments as their colleagues in England. The CPHVA is also concerned about the short time scale involved in setting-up the LHSCGs.’



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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