Feedback: staying ahead

08 March 2019

From important publications to award applications, here’s a round-up of the latest member news and opportunities.

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A chance to shine

Applications are now open for the Mary Seacole Awards for 2019-20. These awards, funded by Health Education England, provide the chance for individuals to be recognised for their outstanding work in the black and minority ethnic (BME) community. They also provide the opportunity to undertake a specific healthcare project that benefits and improves the health outcomes of people from BME communities. Individual health visitors, nurses and midwives and in England are invited and encouraged to apply. A pre-application workshop will be held at the Unite office in London on 18 March.

To apply and for more information, see nhsemployers.org/maryseacole. The deadline for entries is 24 May 2019.

More honours

Congratulations to Janine McKnight-Cowan, health visitor, project lead, at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust. In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, Janine was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to nursing.

New advising role

CPHVA has now become a member of the Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) advisory board.

Membership consists of those who were chosen because of their expertise and experience in record standards development, and a representative from each of the PRSB member organisations.

The board may also appoint representatives from key stakeholders.

The role of the advisory board is to provide multidisciplinary advice and to make recommendations to the chair of the advisory board, chair of the PRSB and the board.

The advisory board will seek to create long-term trust in the PRSB for both users and the public. It is also responsible for advising the management board on all matters related to professional health and social care record standards in line with the PRSB business plan.

Diary dates

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Annual Showcase Conference
8 May, Cardiff City Stadium.
See bit.ly/CNO_Wales_conference

Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference 2019 
16 to 17 October, Harrogate Convention Centre.
Visit cphvaconference.co.uk

Decide to delegate?

The Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) has published Deciding to delegate: a decision support framework for nursing and midwifery, reveals chair of the CPHVA Executive Janet Taylor. The document was launched in January by chief nursing officer Charlotte McArdle.

NIPEC says: ‘This framework has been co-produced through a high level of engagement with nurses, midwives and other professionals across NI. The work to produce this new resource has benefited from experience of a wide range of individuals who are delegating tasks and duties every day to enable person-centred care and services to be delivered in NI.

‘In recognition of the increasing complexity of service delivery and the responsibility for the delivery of care crossing professional boundaries, particularly between nursing and social work care, we were asked to jointly chair the task and finish group convened to complete this initiative.

‘This approach afforded an opportunity to understand the roles and responsibilities of each of the professions and the challenges and issues faced in the delegation of tasks and duties.

‘The construction of the framework acknowledged the work that the central nursing and midwifery advisory committee had completed in the past and the revision of the nursing and midwifery council code in 2015 which includes clear messages about the responsibilities of nurses and midwives when delegating tasks and duties.’

Unite-CPHVA NI welcomes this framework and looks forward to implementing the recommendations in practice.


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