It’s your turn…

07 December 2018

The CPHVA Education and Development Trust is pleased to announce the MacQueen Bursaries for 2018-19 are open. There are currently two categories of bursary for Unite-CPHVA members:

Macqueen bursaries in practice development, research or study

A total of £20,000 is available and applications (up to a maximum of £10,000 per application) should be focused on any of the following activities: 

  • A project undertaken in practice to facilitate the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups or communities
  • A research project focused on the enhancement of practice in community settings
  • Engagement in professional or academic study activities to enhance the applicant’s practice.

Project applications may involve a multi-professional team, providing at least one individual has current membership of Unite-CPHVA. Please note: bursaries can only be awarded to the individual or group and not an employing organisation.  

Applicants will need to state the total amount they are seeking and should include a detailed costing for the project or study activity. Priority will be given to the shortlisted applications that demonstrate the greatest potential to enhance practice.

For an application form and further details, contact Denise Knight, chair of the professional advisory committee on [email protected]

  • Shortlisted applicants for bursaries of over £3000 must be available to attend interview at Unite HQ in central London on 5 April 2019.


Macqueen travel bursary for public health

This bursary provides £2000 to cover some of the costs associated with an overseas public health project. It will enable the winner to either engage in a public health project or to explore an initiative to determine its relevance to UK practice. It provides the opportunity to:

  • Share expertise with others
  • Promote partnership working
  • Enhance personal development by broadening knowledge of other cultures and developing the knowledge and practice of others. For further details and the application process, contact Linda Llewellyn, member of the professional advisory committee on [email protected]

Closing date for the receipt of all applications is 5pm on 28 February 2019


Previous winners

Melody Lane
Melody Lane
Nursery nurse

Melody received her bursary to fund a course called ‘Tuning in to kids’. This evidence-based parenting programme focuses on the emotional connection between parents and children. In particular, it teaches parents skills in emotion coaching, which is to recognise, understand and respond to children’s emotions in an accepting, supportive way. The programme has been particularly effective with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Melody recently completed the course and is part way through co-facilitating a course with parents.



Aideen Cooney.
Aideen Cooney
Health visitor
Northern Ireland

Aideen was prompted to develop her practice when she heard the words ‘She just won’t sleep’ uttered by a frustrated parent on her arrival at a visit where she was supporting the family of a three-year-old with additional needs and suffering from chronic sleep disruption. Subsequent to this encounter, she has completed the sleep counsellor training provided by Sleep Scotland, which was funded by the MacQueen Bursary. Aideen completed her training and is in the process of setting up a sleep clinic to help families, and to address their concerns about sleep disruption.



Asha Day
Asha day
Health visitor

Asha received her award to support a trip to Alaska to explore how the health of people from culturally and geographically diverse populations can be addressed, and how public health outcomes related to mental health can be addressed positively as achieved in Alaska. Asha will also explore how the organisation looks after the health of its workforce, its investment in developing collective leadership, sustainability and emotional resilience.