Conference tickets on sale and call for abstracts

We're delighted to announce that registration for the Unite-CPHVA 2019 Annual Professional Conference is now open. This year's event will be held in Harrogate on 16 to 17 October, 2019.

Scotland: HVs bumped up to Band 7 are paid £5k more than rest of UK

New health visitors will be paid ‘significantly more’ than their counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, under a new deal negotiated by healthcare unions.

The lay of the land

Community practitioners working in remote and rural areas face a rather different set of challenges from those in town. Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates country CP life. 

Shining a light

Health visitors working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales face a range of both unique and shared challenges that are impacting practice. Journalist Anna Scott highlights the reality across the UK.

The right move?

Dawn Loman, senior lecturer in SCPHN, asks what influences nurses to hang up their uniforms and become health visitors.

New launch for members

Do you need more support in achieving your CPD goals? Are you interested in a streamlined online solution? Then read on...

24 Hours with Debbie Fawcett

24 hours with Debbie Fawcett

Debbie is a specialist HV for homeless families at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust and a Queen’s Nurse.

Scotland: retirees will mentor newly qualified nurses

Up to 100 retired nurses will be trained as ‘professional practice advisers’ to mentor new NHS recruits.

Rights at work: pension review at critical point

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, looks through the impending NHS pension review and what trade unions are asking for.

It’s your turn…

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:

The big story: slipping through the net

With the number of health visitors falling and those that remain carrying ever greater caseloads, there is a real risk of missing contact with vulnerable children. But what can be done to mitigate that risk?

Nursing and midwifery numbers rising

In the past year the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK has increased by almost 4000, the NMC reports.

Delegates told of ‘savage’ cuts to services

Cuts made to health visitors, school nurses and community nursery nurses were described as ‘savage’ and ‘another betrayal of our children’ by shadow health and social care secretary Jonathan Ashworth at the Unite/CPHVA conference last week.

NHS pay – one step at a time

The basic pay journey of NHS staff has had a reset. Sarah Carpenter, Unite’s head of health, asks how the new framework for pay progression affects you.

Big story: power to the people?

Five years after local authorities in England took on responsibility for commissioning public health services, journalist Juliette Astrup asks how councils are reaching out to their communities to shape the local health agenda.

Northern Ireland: NHS job vacancies could be double number reported

The true number of empty posts in the health system could be nearly double the number previously reported by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).

Scotland: make nursing gender-neutral, report recommends

Nursing should be rebranded as gender-neutral to attract more men into the profession, according to a report commissioned by NHS Scotland.

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