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24 March 2003





The 2,700-strong Community Psychiatric Nurses Association is set to change its name as part of a bid to shake-off the ‘Cinderella’ image of mental health nursing and to more accurately reflect the expanding horizons of the profession.

CPNA members will vote on whether to adopt the title of the Mental Health Nursing Association at their annual conference in   Bournemouth next month.

The CPNA chair, Sharon Duncan said: ‘The "community mental nursing" tag is too narrow a description of the broad spectrum of roles that our increasing membership carry out on a daily basis. We must embrace a more ‘inclusive’ agenda that accurately mirrors the work of the membership.’

Governments over the last 30 years have paid lip service to the importance of mental health, but in reality little has been done to provide a cohesive approach in terms of nurse resourcing and training. Mental health nurses have for far too long been viewed as a Cinderella profession.’

The new association will act as a catalyst for much needed change and will be a focus for future mental health nursing developments and practice. We should no longer be the poor relations of nursing

The new name will be truly reflective of the changes in the profession. Increasing membership has meant that our organisation is no longer solely community-based, but that our members work in a variety of settings, and this needs to be acknowledged in our name.’

‘The diversity of training needs for the mental health nurse have long been accepted by the profession and this will be recognised by the name change.’



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