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24 March 2003

NAME CHANGE TO REFLECT NEW ROLE OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING

The 2,700-strong Community Psychiatric Nurses Association is set to change its name as part of a bid to shake-off the ‘Cinderella’ image of mental health nursing and to more accurately reflect the expanding horizons of the profession.

CPNA members will vote on whether to adopt the title of the Mental Health Nursing Association at their annual conference in Bournemouth next month.

The CPNA chair, Sharon Duncan said: ‘The "community mental nursing" tag is too narrow a description of the broad spectrum of roles that our increasing membership carry out on a daily basis. We must embrace a more ‘inclusive’ agenda that accurately mirrors the work of the membership.’

‘Governments over the last 30 years have paid lip service to the importance of mental health, but in reality little has been done to provide a cohesive approach in terms of nurse resourcing and training. Mental health nurses have for far too long been viewed as a Cinderella profession.’

‘The new association will act as a catalyst for much needed change and will be a focus for future mental health nursing developments and practice. We should no longer be the poor relations of nursing.’

‘The new name will be truly reflective of the changes in the profession. Increasing membership has meant that our organisation is no longer solely community-based, but that our members work in a variety of settings, and this needs to be acknowledged in our name.’

‘The diversity of training needs for the mental health nurse have long been

accepted by the profession and this will be recognised by the name change.’

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

Journalists are warmly welcomed to attend this conference which runs from 2-4 April at the Bournemouth International Centre.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Duncan ( 0122 455 7035

Brian Rogers, Professional Officer, CPNA ( 0117 937 2393

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

 The CPNA is a 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.

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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.

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.msf.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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