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14 November 2003



New Northern Ireland Chair for CPHVA


Kate Boles, a health visitor who lives in Enniskillen, has been elected the new chair of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association in Northern Ireland.

Kate is a practising health visitor in Omagh with the Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Care Trust. Her main interests in practice include domestic violence and child protection.

Her recently completed MBA explored the extent of interagency collaboration regionally in domestic violence from a health visiting perspective. She is the domestic violence liaison health visitor in her trust and also sits on the trust's domestic violence interagency forum.

Looking ahead to her three-year tenure as chair, Ms Boles said: ‘There are a number of challenges facing the CPHVA, which I hope to address.’

These include Agenda for Change - the new NHS pay agreement - which will pose difficulties for some, but also opens up opportunities for a great number of community nursing staff. There will be new and exciting ways of working for health visitors, district nurses, practice nurses and school nurses over the coming years.’

The CPHVA’s Northern Ireland Professional Officer, Briege Coyle said: ‘I am greatly looking forward to working with Kate to ensure that public health is high on the agenda for politicians and NHS employers in Northern Ireland.’



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