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Conference and AGM 2021: leading the way

20 September 2021

The Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference is back for 2021, but continuing in a slightly different format.

Along with the Unite-CPHVA annual general meeting (see overleaf) the Annual Professional Conference will be held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Following the inaugural one-day Unite-CPHVA virtual conference on health and wellbeing in June, the Unite-CPHVA 2021 Virtual Annual Professional Conference will also be held for one day.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Leading the way: setting the direction’ and will be 
held on 3 November 2021.

The one-day conference will begin with a welcome from CPHVA Executive chair Janet Taylor.

Other speakers are set to include: Sue Tranka, chief nursing officer (CNO) for Wales; Hilary Garrett, deputy CNO for England; Mary Frances McManus, deputy CNO for Northern Ireland; Jane Cook, national adviser for homeless health; and Elaine Baptiste, health visitor and specialist paediatric continence nurse.

The sessions planned will be on a range of topics including: leadership, homelessness, continence in 0 to 19s, and a CNO update from across the UK.

There will also be a session on writing for your professional journal. For pricing options and a preview of speaker biographies, see below and Meet the speakers


Meet the speakers

Jane Cook  
National adviser, homeless health 

Jane Cook is a registered general nurse and public health specialist who for the past 35 years has provided, developed and delivered health care for people who experience exclusion. This includes Travellers, Gypsies, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and people experiencing homelessness.

Working in a variety of settings, Jane promotes whole-person care and integration to meet multiple and complex needs. She is the health and homeless adviser with the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative, which aims to end rough sleeping by 2027. Health is a key component of this, working together with statutory and voluntary agencies.

Jane has helped develop national guidance and policies to improve standards, tackle health inequalities and improve access to services. 

Sue Tranka  
Chief nursing officer for Wales
 

Sue Tranka is the new chief nursing officer (CNO) for Wales. She has more than 29 years of experience in nursing, training as a midwife, registered general nurse and a mental health and community nurse.

Sue has spent the past 22 years working in the NHS, with her career covering operational and clinical leadership roles. Sue also has international experience, and can therefore offer expertise in critical care nursing from around the world.

Prior to taking up her role as CNO, Sue was the deputy chief nursing officer for patient safety and innovation at NHS England and Improvement. In the July/August issue of Community Practitioner, Sue thanked members for their role in the pandemic and their work overall to make Wales a ‘healthier, happier and more equitable place to live’.

Janet Taylor  
CPHVA Executive chair 

Janet Taylor is a public health nurse manager of a multidisciplinary team in the South Eastern Health and Social Care NHS Trust in Northern Ireland.

She is also one of the lead local accredited Unite representatives within her trust.

Janet supports and represents Unite members on a number of work-related professional and industrial issues, and liaises with the Unite professional and industrial officers.

She is honoured to be serving as the current chair for the CPHVA Executive and also to represent the CPHVA on the editorial advisory board of Community Practitioner.

Janet also represents Northern Ireland as a member of the National Occupational Professional Committee.

She is very passionate about public health nursing and endeavours to support members in delivering a safe and effective service.


Your chance to help shape the professional agenda

Unite-CPHVA is once again holding a motion-based annual general meeting (AGM) a day prior to its Annual Professional Conference. And as was the case last year, due to the continuing pandemic, the AGM 2021 will be virtual. It will be held on 2 November 2021 from 12.30 until 16.00.

The AGM is an opportunity for members to influence the professional agenda of the organisation through submitting motions that will be debated at the AGM. This may be by extending existing pieces of work or policy, establishing new ones, or to refresh or reiterate current policy or work.

The elected CPHVA Executive is responsible, with support from the professional team, for taking forward this agenda, as well as influencing and promoting the development of health visiting, school nursing, community nursing and community nursery nursing.

Some of this work is reactive, responding to changes in government policy, for example. But the Executive also needs to be proactive, developing resources for members as well as campaigning for professional issues.

Members who attended the AGM last year will testify to the lively debate, and we hope members will feel more able to put forward motions that will ensure another lively meeting, albeit a virtual one.

How you can submit a motion

Motions can be submitted by any Unite-CPHVA branch or committee and must conform to the guidelines on page 25. Due to obvious difficulties in arranging branch meetings, you may need to discuss a possible motion with the chair of your branch and then share your proposal with other members to ensure support.


The guidelines

Introduction

Motions should start with the words ‘This AGM’. This means that it should not start, for example, as ‘The Newtown Branch at its meeting in January...’ The branch may wish to have the motion considered, but it is the AGM that the policy must come from.

What it is you want to achieve

This needs to be made absolutely clear. For instance, it could be to:

  • Raise awareness among members
  • Produce information
  • Commit the organisation to run a campaign
  • Engage with the wider union to raise issues.

Why you want to achieve it

You should make it clear what the motivating factors are behind your motion. For example, it could be because:

  • Members require information to enable them to practice effectively and safely
  • An issue is threatening the service offered
  • You feel the CPHVA could do more to support your professional agenda

Who you want to do it  

Generally this will be the CPHVA Professional Executive Committee, although they may choose to delegate the work.

Try to include a timescale for completion

However, please be realistic. All motions agreed at the AGM will be reported on at next year’s AGM and form the basis of the annual report. 


Example of a motion

‘This AGM notes with concern the significant rise in the incidence of self-harm in children and young people in the UK. In 2016 nearly 19,000 children and young people were treated in hospital in England and Wales after self-harming, a 14% increase since 2012. School nurses are well placed to identify and support children at risk of self-harming but often feel ill-equipped to support such children. This AGM calls upon the CPHVA Executive, by the date of the next AGM, to:

  • Produce a briefing paper for all practitioners working with young people regarding their role in identifying and supporting those who are at risk of self-harm
  • Engage with organisations such as the NSPCC to raise awareness of school nurses’ role in identifying and supporting those at risk.’

What not to include in a motion

Try to keep motions to a reasonable limit of words (200 should be enough). Remember it is not necessary to include all your arguments in the motion itself; these can be elaborated on when you present the motion. All motions will need to be seconded. It is helpful if you can come to the meeting having identified someone from another branch who is willing to do this.

All motions or policy agreed at the AGM will need to be taken forward by the CPHVA Executive or delegated to appropriate groups. Therefore, it is important that all motions concern professional rather than industrial matters. For example, a motion asking the CPHVA to challenge the down-banding of health visitors would be outside the remit of the Executive. However, a motion requesting it to produce a briefing paper on the consequences of down-banding for individual practitioners and organisations (and to work with the Unite health sector to raise these issues) would be fine. Likewise, motions cannot ask Unite to change its rules, such as requesting that union fees are reduced. Any motion which seeks to commit the CPHVA to spend money must be reviewed by the CPHVA Executive.

The deadline

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