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10 January, 2002



‘Name And Shame’ NHS Trusts Failing to deliver IT, says CPHVA

NHS trusts, which aren’t delivering the government’s information technology targets for community nurses should be ‘named and shamed’, says the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The CPHVA will be surveying its local accredited representatives throughout the UK in the next stage of its Make IT Happen campaign which aims to have a computer on the desk of every community nurse, access to the internet and the proper training.

The government’s says that by March this year there should be desktop connections for NHS clinical staff to basic email, browsing and directory services as part of the Ł1 billion nationwide IT upgrade for NHS staff.

The CPHVA’s director, Jackie Carnell said: ‘The feedback that we have received so far suggests that progress across the country is patchy. Unfortunately, many of our members aren’t fully benefiting from the IT revolution.’

And this has a knock-on effect in terms of keeping up to date with the latest information that could benefit clients and being able to communicate quickly and easily with colleagues. We feel that this money could have been ‘lost’ within other NHS priorities.’

The CPHVA’s head of labour relations, Barrie Brown said: ‘Our survey will discover those trusts that are lagging behind in implementing the government’s targets. It will also highlight those trusts that have adopted best practice.’

We intend to ‘name and shame’ those trusts that have failed to meet the latest deadline, less than two months away, and we will be sending this list to health secretary Alan Milburn and the respective health ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.’

A recent CPHVA survey revealed that seven out of ten health visitors and school nurses would "significantly" improve their service to clients if they had full access to the NHS IT revolution.

Four out of five community practitioners who do have computer access at work have to share with, on average, seven other colleagues It also disclosed that 66 per cent of community practitioners don’t have access to the internet and 65 per cent don’t have use of email. Three out of ten don’t have access to a computer in their workplace.

The CPHVA is running the Make IT Happen campaign with the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association.



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