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CPHVA Awards celebrate community practitioner pioneers.

The first ever CPHVA Awards took place in London on 13 March at a glittering ceremony recognising the work of community practitioners and health visitors from across the UK and beyond.

The evening brought together some amazing individuals working in the midst of the havoc caused by the coalition's NHS reform plans. In the current climate the need for cost-effective, patient-centred care is paramount, making all the nominees and winners highly deserving of the praise and recognition they received. The ceremony dovetailed with the CPHVA's celebrations of 150 years of health visiting.

At the beautiful venue of Savoy Place, overlooking the River Thames, the three nominees from each of the eight public health categories gathered to celebrate the great achievement and work being undertaken each and every day in their professions. The ceremony was attended by guests including Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing at the DH and Lord Victor Adebowale, Unite/CPHVA President. Opening the awards, Obi Amadi, CPHVA Lead Professional Officer, said: 'As many of you know this is something that I have always wanted to do. You are all an asset to your profession. Our contributions are significant'. She continued, 'The CPHVA Awards recognise the valuable contribution that members have made to the health and wellbeing of their communities. They are trail blazing the way for the public health practitioners of tomorrow. These inaugural awards are a celebration of innovation, hard work and dedication'.


After the awards had been presented the guests mingled, drank wine and dined on mini fish and chips, buttered chicken and a supreme 150th anniversary cake handed out by Unite's Health Lead, Rachael Maskell. A wonderful night was had by all. It was truly a joint effort and a celebration of the contribution made to public health on a daily basis by our unsung heroes.

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CPHVA Educator of the Year

Winner: Janice Rayner (right) of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

Janice said: 'I'm in shock but I'm really honoured. I think we all go about our everyday work doing our jobs and sometimes it's an event like this that makes you realise how important the work that we do is. We need another 150 years of health visiting!'

Runners-up: Amanda Maddison at the Pennine Care FT

Louise Hales, Teaching Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast


Health Visitor of the Year

Winner: Pamela Shaw (right) Health Visitor and Practice Educator at Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

She said: 'Words cannot explain how I feel, it is such an honour. Strive and always live your dream, always give your best, work hard and inspire'

Runners-up: Alison Spiro, Specialist Health Visitor for Breastfeeding at Ealing Hospitals NHS Trust

Cathy Bond, Health Visitor at Thameside and Glossop Community Healthcare


CPHVA Team of the Year

Winner: West 2 Locality, of South Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (Ann Patterson and Sandra Scott, left and right)

The elated winners said:

'It's the first time we've ever been nominated--we can't tell you how ecstatic we are! We are in really exciting times for health visiting. Families stay the same: we've got to nurture the next generation'.

'We just feel privileged to be part of the practice and to encourage the next generation of health visitors to enjoy their job.'


Runners-up: Swadlincote Health Visiting Team, represented by Tricia Bradshaw and Vicki Beresford

CPHVA Highlands Team, represented by Karen Otter

Community Practitioner of the Year

Winner: Ruth Thompson (right) Health Visitor and Breastfeeding Lead at the Flying Start Scheme at the Betsi Cadwallader University Health Board Trust

She commented: 'I'm shocked and pleased. It's really nice for breastfeeding to be recognised.'

Runners-up: Amanda Corr, Family Intervention Project Nurse Specialist Maggie Fisher, Practice Development Facilitator at Mid Hants PCT



CPHVA Community Nursery Nurse of the year

Winner: Barbara Evans (right) Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust


She said: 'I really did not expect to win. I am so passionate about community nursery nursing, I think the profession has been largely labelled "it's only childcare" but it's not. You've got to have a lot of skill, knowledge and alignment with the children. My message to practitioners would be, value yourself, because you're worth it.'

Runners-up: Angela Holmes, Early Years Practitioner at County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust Karen Bainbridge, CNN at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

CPHVA Team Manager of the Year

Winner: Kath Clark (right) Locality Clinical Manager at Havant and Waterlooville Child Health Teams.

She said: 'I'm very surprised and very happy for my team. They all really deserve the award, and the school nurses and health visitors that I manage are all outstanding practitioners'.

Runners-up: Mary Duggan, Health Visitor and Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Trust Chair

Annie Hair, Children's Services Manager and Lead Nurse, West Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership Chair, CPHVA Scotland


CPHVA School Nurse of the Year

Winner: Jenny Alexander (right) School Public Health Nurse and Lead Nurse for School-aged Children for the British Forces, Germany

Jenny said: 'I'm overwhelmed really. There are so many good practitioners out there. Children are very important and it is a privilege to work with them. School nursing is very important and we need to encourage more people into the profession. To me, school nursing is the best job in the world.'

Runners-up: Sue Anderson, Team Leader at Sirona Care and Health Bonita Matthews, Specialist Community Public Health Nurse at the Costal Public Health Nursing Team, Dawlish


CPHVA Advocate of the Year

Winner: Norma Dudley (right) Health Visitor at Waltham Forest PCT

Norma said: 'Being nominated is such a surprise. I feel that I've done things because my colleagues have pushed me--there's been a huge amount of support'


Runners-up: Sally Edwards, Health Visitor at Waltham Forest PCT Janet Taylor, Lead Public Health Nurse, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust



Work is now under way on the CPHVA Awards 2013, which promises to be another incredible event. Look out for more information in future issues of CP and on the website ( about how you can get involved!
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Date:Apr 1, 2012
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