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28 May, 2003

COMMUNITY NURSING ENTERS THE PORTALS OF ACADEMIA

The world of academia and the everyday reality of community nursing are set to collide for mutual benefit.

The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association is embarking on its first link-up with a university in a bid to build a bridge between research and policy and how it can translate into improving the working lives of health visitors and community nurses and the care they give their clients.

The link with City University will be launched by Sarah Mullally, the Chief Nursing Officer for England at the Barber Surgeon’s Hall, London on Monday, 16 June.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Research and Practice Development, Cheryll Adams said: ‘Both sides are very excited by what we are calling ‘a strategic alliance’.

I think it will be a very beneficial partnership.’

‘The university will gain on the public health policy front with input from the CPHVA’s professional officers, and the CPHVA will gain access to members of the academic staff and the expertise they bring on research and education issues.’

‘This will lead to such ventures as joint publications and the development of professional training packages, including E learning opportunities. These will translate research and policy and we expect, result in public health improvements. We also hope to be able to influence important areas such as recruitment and retention and new roles including nurse led care.’

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

Members of the media are warmly invited to attend this event which is at:

City University, Barber Surgeon’s Hall, Monkwell Street (off Wood Street),

London EC2Y 5BD between 1530-1730 on Monday, 16 June 2003.

For further information, please contact:

Cheryll Adams ( 07712 67 82 81

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 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.

NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

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: www.amcius-cphva.org.uk

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.

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