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6 March 2003


The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s decision to adopt the name of ‘specialist community public health nursing’ for the third part of the register has been welcomed as "a step towards clarity" by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The CPHVA also welcomed the fact that within that part of the register, the competencies, educational qualifications and title of ‘health visiting ’ have been ringfenced.

The CPHVA’s director, Mark Jones said: ‘This marks the end of a convoluted process of twists and turns in policy that the NMC has made in recent months over the name issue.’

‘But we are now moving towards clarity and the NMC has reaffirmed the uniqueness of the health visiting profession within the third part of the register.’

‘The CPHVA will continue to campaign to ensure that the distinct entity of health visiting shines brightly within that part of the register. Health visiting plays a vital role in the promotion of public health throughout the UK and I believe that it has a strong and vibrant future.’

‘We are also pleased the NMC has secured a potential home for our other key membership groups of school nursing, district, and practice nursing, and we look forward to working with them to move this agenda forward for the benefit of our professions and the public’

While the NMC agreed that there should be no direct entry to the third part of the register at this time, the CPHVA says that it remains open-minded about the possibility in the future.

Mark Jones said: ‘While it’s clear that there are a significant group of our members who believe their background in nursing has been essential for their practice as health visitors, we are willing to explore and consider any concrete and well-thought proposals put forward by the NMC, or others, on direct entry.’




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 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.


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