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21 November 2003






The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has been urged to travel ‘the extra mile’ to strengthen proposals for a national competency framework to regulate specialist community public health nursing.

The NMC proposals are reasonable so far as they go, but are too vague and need to be tightened, the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association said today (Friday, 21 November).

The CPHVA said that it detected ‘a warping’ of the ‘tried and tested principles of health visiting’ in the NMC consultation document on a new national register.

Responding to the proposals for a competency framework underpinning the new third part of the register, the CPHVA acknowledged the NMC had a difficult job in protecting the key attributes of our existing public health practitioners – primarily, health visitors and school nurses.

While at the same time, the NMC had to pave the way for regulation of new roles and ways of working which are under development or only just being envisaged.

The CPHVA said that the NMC was under pressure to develop a third part of the register to capture a wider range of practitioner.

The CPHVA said: ‘We do not feel that the competency framework being proposed is sufficiently detailed to provide continuity in defining health visiting and school nursing roles in particular.’

Neither does it provide sufficient detail to enable employers to identify practitioners with competency sets they require to perform specific roles, nor does it provide educational institutions with enough of a guide to design curricula enabling the delivery of practitioners capable of providing highly specialised contributions to public health.’



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