CHPVA Awards 2015
Celebrating the best in professional practice
The first ever CPHVA Awards took place in London in March 2012 and it has been growing in stature ever since, recognising the work of Community Practitioners and Health Visitors across the UK and beyond.
The Awards acknowledge the exceptional work that our members carry out with such dedication. To build on the success of last year’s awards, the 2015 Awards will be incorporating the CPHVA Education and Development Trust MacQueen Awards.
The CPHVA Awards will take place in the stunning setting of the Oxo Tower Wharf, London, on Friday 27th March 2015, at a lunchtime ceremony that is the annual opportunity to recognise the achievements of the profession at your own national awards.
The deadline for nominations has now closed. Shortlisted finalists will be announced soon.
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The categories for 2015 are:
- Community Practitioner of the year
- Health Visitor of the year
- School Nurse of the year
- Community Nursery Nurse of the year
- Team Manager/Team Leader of the year
- Community Practitioner Team of the year
- Student of the year
- Educator of the year
- CPHVA Advocate
- Macqueen Travel Bursary for Public Health Activity Abroad
- MacQueen Award - Professional Development
- MacQueen Award - Excellence in Research or Leadership/Practice Development
- MacQueen SIG Parenting Award
To find out more about each category and how to make your nomination, click on the category that you would like to nominate someone for.
What it means to 2014 award winners
The CPHVA Awards ceremony took place on 28 March 2014 at the Oxo2 in London, recognising the work of community practitioners from across the UK. Each year the CPHVA Awards gives the organisation the opportunity to reward and celebrate members’ achievements providing high-quality care to the populations they serve.
Opening the ceremony, CPHVA Vice-President, Chris Cloke, welcomed all attendees and guests, and acknowledged their hard work in the face of NHS reform, job cuts and upheaval. He said, ‘There is a lot of excellent work being undertaken in every city, town and village around the country. This is often unsung, but today we celebrate good practice, the kind that takes place daily, often in difficult circumstances.’
Carolyn Taylor, Chair of the CPHVA Executive Committee, took to the stage to offer her thoughts. ‘In community practice working mainly with children and their families, thanks and appreciation don’t often come. But when you meet mums 15 years on and they recognise you as their health visitor it gives you that warm feeling. Please accept our thanks on behalf of practitioners at work today and be proud of yourselves. For those finalists who are not announced winners, please consider yourselves winners. Go back to your workplace and encourage colleagues to nominate themselves and others so that they have the opportunity to join us next year.’
Next, the new President of the CPHVA, Guardian journalist and commentator Polly Toynbee, told the audience that she is honoured to take on the role and that she will work hard to listen to members’ concerns and raise awareness of issues pertinent to the community practitioner workforce. She said, ‘I think the work you do is fantastic. I have followed it throughout my career campaigning on social issues and I value the community nursing world, particularly at a time when there are such pressures and horrendous caseloads – I don’t know how you manage. You are very much at the front line of a political battle that is going on and I think it will be for you to raise your voices, and I will on your behalf, about what “community” really means.’
After lunch and the awards presentation, Elizabeth Anionwu, CPHVA Vice-President, closed proceedings with a simple but heartfelt message.She said, ‘People often say to me, “What does CPHVA actually stand for?” Well, I’ve broken down the acronym for this afternoon. I think it means Celebrating Practice, as that’s what we are here for today. As for HVA, I believe that all of you should be Heartily Valued Always!’