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A new virtual reality: Unite-CPHVA conference

18 September 2020

Introducing the Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference and AGM 2020 – virtual style, and a word of thanks.

The Unite-CPHVA conference is here!

The Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference is back for 2020, but in a slightly different format because of Covid-19.

This year, the conference – being held on 4 to 5 November 2020 – will be virtual. Speakers are set to include Professor Michael West, Wendy Nicholson MBE and Professor Gina Higginbottom MBE, plus representatives from health organisations.

The sessions planned will cover various topics, including smoking in pregnancy, maternal and infant mental health, safeguarding, smoking cessation, cultural safety, violence against women and girls, immunisation, and updates from across the UK by chief nursing officers.

The pricing schedule reflects this year’s virtual format. Group bookings and one-day attendance rates are available on request too.  


A big ‘thank you’ and time to be heard

Unite-CPHVA has published a statement of ‘enormous thanks’ to members, who ‘selflessly stepped up to combat coronavirus at great personal risk’ to themselves.

The statement, which was sent out to all members, described its members as holding ‘health visiting and school nursing services together’ during the pandemic. At the time of writing, more than 500 NHS and social care colleagues had died of the virus.

Now Unite-CPHVA has written to prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak asking them to make a commitment on pay and resources ahead of April 2021, when the current three-year deal ends.

Unite is also calling on members to elect a new wave of Unite-CPHVA reps to ensure your voices are heard.  

  • If you are interested in becoming a Unite-CPHVA rep, contact the lead officer for health in your area.

Submit your motions to the AGM

Once again Unite-CPHVA is holding a motion-based AGM prior to its annual conference, and this year it will be virtual!

The elected CPHVA Executive Committee will take forward the AGM’s agenda. It’s your opportunity to influence this agenda by submitting motions to be debated.

Due to Covid-19, the AGM will be held virtually on 3 November between 1.30pm and 4pm. Attendance will be by self- or branch nomination. More details can be found here.

You may need to discuss a possible motion with your branch chair, and share your proposal with members virtually to ensure support. Motions can be submitted by any Unite health/CPHVA branch or committee, and must conform to guidelines (see Have your say at the AGM 2020).  

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