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October 17th.

CPHVA is keen to engage in discussion around the development of Children’s Trusts

The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) endorses the recognition of the particular needs of children given by Health Secretary Alan Milburn in his speech to the Annual Social Services conference, ‘For too long the specific needs of children have been neglected’, said Mark Jones, Director of the CPHVA. ‘Whilst there are many good examples of services tailored to meet the needs of children and young people, there are still far too many occasions when provision is fragmented, inappropriate, and uncoordinated’ ‘The proposal to bring together services under the auspices of a Children’s Trust is an innovative proposal and worthy of exploration. It is essential this is done with due emphasis on the value of health promotion and public health activity. In the past, examples of child health care directorates combining acute and primary care services have warped their provision toward clinical care and illness treatment with less consideration of the promotion of health and public health issues.’

‘There is a definite place for community practitioners and health visitors specialising in the provision of children’s services in a Trust such as that envisaged by the Health Secretary, and we look forward to working with him to further develop these ideas’

For further information please contact: Shaun Noble Professional Communications Officer CPHVA Tel: 07768 693940


Attached with this email is a full copy of the CPHVA’s evidence.

Our evidence looks at some of the specific issues for the 22,000 community practitioners and community nurses represented by the CPHVA, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association (CPNA) and amicus-MSF. This year for the first time we also raise specific issues relating to 8,000 members of the National Association of Theatre Nurses (NATN), a professional body for nurses and theatre staff working in a preoperative environment.

For further information, please contact:

Barrie Brown, CPHVA Head of Labour Relations ( 07798 53 10 22

Colin Adkins ( 020 7505 3167

Research Officer, CPHVA/amicus-MSF health section

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( 020 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site:

The CPHVA represents 18,000 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.



For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

press releases can be seen on our web site:

Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.