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23 August 2005                                                                                   

NEW PROFESSIONAL OFFICER FOR THE CPHVA IN SCOTLAND

The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) has appointed Gavin Fergie as its new professional officer for Scotland.

Gavin, who has 19 years nursing experience, including spells working in Saudia Arabia and Hong Kong, identified five major challenges facing community nurses in Scotland.

·        The rolling out of Agenda for Change

·        Hall 4 – the review of the child surveillance programme

·        Community health partnerships

·        The seamless implementation of joint futures initiatives, involving education, health and social services personnel, and

·        The ongoing review of pension arrangements for NHS personnel and its possible effects.

The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union. Amicus has 100,000 members working in the health sector.

‘I am really looking forward to working with the CPHVA membership to tackle the challenges facing them in Scotland and hope to meet as many of them as possible in the near future. I am also keen to build links within the wider Amicus health sector.’

Previously, Gavin had been working as a health visitor with NHS Lothian. For the last 10 years, he was a steward for the Royal College of Nursing, which gives him a strong labour relations background  

Gavin lives at Kirknewtown, near Edinburgh and can be contacted by email theunion.org

The CPHVA director, Mark Jones said: ‘I welcome Gavin’s appointment and believe that the expertise and experience he brings will strengthen the professional officer team.’   

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information and a photograph, please contact:

Gavin Fergie                                                                           (        07980 237024

Shaun Noble                Communications Officer                     (        (020) 770 4080

                                    mobile                                                 (        07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA website: amicus-cphva.org

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

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 NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Mark Jones ( 07768 737773

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA website: amicus-cphva.org

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

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble, Communications Officer (020) 7939 7043

mobile 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: amicus-cphva.org

The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

Amicus Health represents more than 70,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Mental Health Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

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