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1 January, 2002 




Jackie Carnell, the director of the 18,000-strong Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association since 1996, has announced that she will be leaving the organisation in the summer.

Ms Carnell said: ‘It has been my privilege to take the organisation through an exciting time of transition and growth.’

At a time of radical – and positive – change in the NHS, six years in charge of the country’s third biggest nursing union is about the right length of time. We all need new horizons and I will be looking for a post in the NHS where I can help to implement current policies, which though challenging, I really believe in.’

Ms Carnell outlined what she felt were her five achievements as the CPHVA’s director:

I am proud to have played a part in the smooth amalgamation of the MSF and the AEEU trade unions to form Amicus – the country’s second largest trade union. The health sector of Amicus will, I believe, go from strength to strength. It is been a pleasure working with my MSF colleagues and I wish them well in shaping a new union that is ready to meet the challenges of the new century.’

There has been a 28 per cent increase in the membership of the CPHVA since 1996 which I think is a great advertisement for the professional and labour relations services that we, as an organisation, provide.’

I am delighted by the new legislation that will safeguard the registration of health visitors but will also pave the way for the future registration of all those practicing at specialist levels within community and public health practice. This is an exciting time for the profession as a whole.’

I am pleased that we have got to grips with the devolution challenge which means individual health plans for the four countries of the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The recent large increase in our Scottish membership clearly indicates we are on the right course.’

And, finally, I am proud that we have built up a strong team of professional officers and administrative staff. The CPHVA’s Community Practitioner journal continues to build on its reputation in the healthcare sector

The CPHVA Executive has developed into a strong cohesive body that, I believe, will continue to shape the progressive CPHVA policies.’

I will much miss my colleagues and the contact with the members, but I am confident that the CPHVA will continue to grow and continue to be a force to be reckoned with.’

Ms Carnell said given all these factors, this was the right time to seek new opportunities in the Midlands where she lives with her husband, Bob.

Ms Carnell trained as a health visitor in Reading in 1980 and worked in West Berkshire as a health visitor and nurse manager until 1984. She then was head of health visiting, school nursing and family planning in Oxfordshire and managed the community nursing service in the city of Oxford, before becoming a general manager. Between 1990 and 1996, Ms Carnell lived and worked in south west France, before returning to take up the CPHVA position.

The post of director will be advertised and a strong field of candidates is expected.



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