September feedback

06 September 2019

It’s time to get nominating for the CPHVA Executive Committee, and as always don’t forget to send in your thoughts on the journal.

Election time

The CPHVA Executive Committee elections opened on 17 July in order for the newly elected Executive Committee to start its work in December 2019.

The CPHVA seeks to elect a new Executive Committee with member representation from the 12 CPHVA Executive Committee constituencies.  

Each constituency will be analogous with Unite the Union regions and nations.

The elections will be for a chair and deputy for each constituency as described below:

  • Northern Ireland    
  • East Midlands
  • Scotland    
  • West Midlands
  • Wales    
  • South West
  • North East, Yorkshire and Humberside (2 chairs and 1 deputy)  
  • South East
  • North West    
  • London and Eastern (2 chairs and 1 deputy)

A valid nomination will need to fulfil the following conditions:

  • The nominee must be a CPHVA member without subscription arrears of more than 13 weeks.
  • They must be proposed and seconded by two CPHVA members without subscription arrears of more than 13 weeks from two different employers from a different branch of the constituency the nominee seeks to represent and a different employer to the nominee.
  • The nominee should indicate which one of the 12 constituencies they seek to be elected to.
  • The nominee must complete all sections of the nomination form, including the personal statement (500 words maximum). The statement will be published in the October 2019 issue of Community Practitioner should it be necessary to hold an election.
  • All nominees must be employed in order to be a representative of working people.  

Completed nomination forms (if you haven’t received one, please email Irene below) should be returned by 23:59 on Monday 9 September 2019 to Irene Fynch, Unite in Health, Unite House, 128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN or by email to [email protected]

Dear Community Practitioner Editorial Team...

Regarding: Why are they waiting? Community Practitioner, June 2019 

First, many thanks for your recent coverage of tongue-tie.

Within the Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners (ATP) we understand the challenges for parents whose babies may be affected by tongue-tie, including their feeding issues and potential barriers in the recognition of the problem, and the importance of ongoing feeding support. We were pleased to read that you involved two of our members as contributors to your article, with the ATP listed as a reputable information resource.

Second, we recognise the paucity of recent tongue-tie studies: we feel that the 2014 study quoted is rather outdated, but that is because currently there is not enough up-to-date research. It’s why the ATP is keen to investigate further.

One of the objectives of the ATP for the forthcoming year is to audit the current services, both NHS and private, to identify the current situation for mothers and their infants.  It would therefore be very helpful if you could encourage your readers to actively participate and respond to our request for information on tongue-tie services.

We would also like to request that you will be receptive to printing our updated information in future.

Sarah Oakley, health visitor, ATP founding member, former ATP chair and current events coordinator 
Lynn Timms, health visitor, ATP founding member and sales officer
Deb Wilson, current ATP chair

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