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 incorporated the CPHVA Education and Development Trust MacQueen Awards.

The CPHVA Awards took place in the stunning setting of the Oxo Tower Wharf, London, on Friday 27th March 2015, at a lunchtime ceremony that gave attendees the opportunity to recognise the achievements of the profession.

The welcome drinks sponsors said: “At Kellogg's, we believe that a better breakfast can lead to a better day. That is why we’re very pleased to sponsor the welcome drinks of the CPHVA Awards, celebrating the vital contribution that CPHVA makes to giving children and young people a healthy start to the morning.  Kellogg's is delighted to sponsor such a prestigious event, which recognises the hard work of Community Practitioners”.

A day to remember

School nurses, health visitors, nursery nurses and community teams came together on Friday 27 March 2015 at Oxo2 in London for the Unite Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) Awards, celebrating the extraordinary achievements and work of CPHVA members across the country.

Hosted by CPHVA professional officer Gavin Fergie, the annual awards celebrated community healthcare professionals working to improve the lives of the children and families they serve. This year’s event also incorporated the Local Accredited Representative (LAR) Awards and the MacQueen Charitable Trust Awards for the first time.

Attendees were treated to an afternoon of fine dining overlooking the River Thames, followed by an awards presentation which recognised the breadth of excellence and achievement represented by those nominated.

Respected journalist and honorary CPHVA president Polly Toynbee introduced the ceremony, describing health visiting and school nursing as a “hard job” and reiterating how crucial the 2015 election is for securing a stable future for the NHS.

Closing proceedings, Elizabeth Anionwu, CPHVA Vice President, praised members for their hard work. Speaking about the impact of  and urged all finalists to contact Community Practitioner about publishing their experiences.

The prestigious ceremony was proudly sponsored by Public Health England, Pampers, Johnson’s Baby, Mothercare, Kellogg’s, Community Practitioner, Ten Alps Publishing, Unite/CPHVA and the CPHVA Charitable Trust.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Award Winners 2015


Winner: Catherine Nixon – Health Visitor, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Oldham

Finalists: Carol Sibbald, Alison Lewis

Catherine was described by her colleagues as selfless, courageous and caring. She travelled to Sierra Leone with UK Meds to the Save the Children Ebola treatment centre, leaving her family and colleagues to work as a nurse with other volunteers over the Christmas period, with long shifts and physically and emotionally demanding work. Cath has now returned to the UK but struggled with the isolation and recuperation period while her colleague was seriously ill in hospital with Ebola. Cath returned to work as a health visitor in 2014 after spending two years with VSO in Nepal, working with women and children, setting up clinics and influencing health practices.

Catherine said: "I am delighted that this award raises the profile of women’s rights and the important work that we as practitioners can do."

The sponsor added: "JOHNSON’S® was really proud to sponsor the Community Practitioner of the Year Award at the CPHVA Awards 2015, which celebrates the excellence in practice for the care of children. At JOHNSONS’S® we are committed in Advancing the Science of Healthy Baby Development™ and recognising the essential role community practitioners play alongside the CPHVA. Again congratulations to Catherine Nixon (Health Visitor, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Werneth Primary Care Centre, Oldham) who fully deserved the award, and thanks to all the nominees for their continuous outstanding work to improve the lives of babies, children and families.”

Sponsored by Johnson's Baby


Winner: Shakila Shah – Health Visitor, Northenden Group Practice, Manchester

Finalists: Naimh Hanlon, Sheila Lally

Shakila devised ‘A just for you programme’ which is an additional package for highly vulnerable parents who love their children but are blinkered to the damage being inflicted by their varying dependencies. It is this individualised approach that empowers and gives parents back their self-belief. Her more recent research has been into cultural differences and she has developed guidance notes for health visitors.

Shakila said: "Winning this award has given me more inspiration to strive to make a difference, big or small. For me this is a great personal achievement. I am absolutely overjoyed and honoured."

The sponsor added: “Pampers were delighted to have awarded Shakila Shah with the Health Visitor of the Year at this year’s CPHVA Awards. Shakila’s passion for making a difference every day with her work is inspiring and we hope her recognition inspires other health visitors to keep doing the outstanding work they are doing for parents and babies around the country.”

Sponsored by Pampers


Winner: Sue Patterson – Community Nursery Nurse, Soham Health & Social Care Centre, Cambridgeshire

Finalists: Sarah Rowland, Amelia Wilton, Becky Sears

Sue shows commitment, dedication and devotion to her role. Nothing seems too much trouble, and she will always go that extra mile. People think very highly of her team and the work that they do. Sometimes things can often go unnoticed and are taken for granted, which is why it is important to give people like Sue the recognition they deserve. Sue has also been very supportive and helpful when collaborative work was needed, particularly when dealing with Child Protection when there were both older and younger children concerned.

Sue said: "Winning the award feels fantastic. We all do a fabulous job - the team around me is brilliant and I couldn’t be more proud."

The sponsors added: "Mothercare and ELC were delighted to sponsor the CPHVA Award for the Community Nursery Nurse of the Year. Community nursery nurses are an essential part of the health visiting team offering tremendous support to helping new parents."

Sponsored by Mothercare


Winner: Yvette Bynoe – Senior School Nurse, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Finalists: Angela Lovatt

Yvette is currently an experienced senior school nurse, working part time. She is an enthusiastic team leader, available at all times even under pressure. Yvette is a leader that gives her time to listen and offers full-hearted advice. She knows how to delegate well and follows guidelines and protocols in detail. She is a very good example of the professional standard of nursing that needs to be illustrated to any new team member.

Yvette said: "I feel truly honoured to have received this award as it was so unexpected, and it has shown me that I am valued by the team and organisation."

The sponsors added: "It was an honour to award Yvette B with the School Nurse of the year. It was a pleasure hearing about Yvette's career, dedication and her fantastic team. Yvette spoke of the pressure on school nurses to respond to a multitude of potential mental and physical health issues; school nurses on the front line are often overlooked. It's fantastic to show recognition for school nurses as a collective but also for the wonderful, bubbly, humble and well deserved 2015 winner, Yvette."

Sponsored by Kellogg's


Winner: NINES (Northern Ireland New Entrance Service)

Finalists: Early years Mental Health Specialist Team – South Tyneside, South Warrington 0-19 years Team

This project provides a regional holistic service to support the health and social wellbeing of new immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. It has sought to provide outstanding care for BME and asylum seeking groups and this has allowed for the expansion and enhancement of existing TB screening services within Belfast Trust. A passport has been developed infive languages to enhance communication between primary and secondary care.

Team Lead Catherine Doherty said: "This recognises the hard work and dedication of the staff team but also highlights the need for a unique service that seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable client groups."

The sponsor added: "Public Health England were delighted to have awarded the Northern Ireland New Entrants Service with the Community Practitioner Team of the year, at this year’s CPHVA Awards – It is an honour that we recognise innovative professionals in the field of population health nursing for the outstanding work that they are doing.”

Sponsored by Public Health England


Winner: Alison Waite – Head of CONI Programme, The Lullaby Trust

Finalists: Sharin Baldwin, Ruth Chittenden

The Care of the Next Infant (CONI) programme, set up by The Lullaby Trust and run in partnership with the NHS, is the UK’s only maternity support service for bereaved parents. It aims to increase the confidence of parents devastated by the death of their previous baby, and seeks to improve the life chances of some of the country’s most vulnerable babies. Alison was instrumental in setting up CONI and has lead the team since the programme began in 1988. Alison works with and trains health visitors to act as local CONI Coordinators.

Alison could not be there to collect the award, but later said: "I am thrilled to receive this award. Health visiting is the backbone of CONI so it is very special to have our work recognised by the CPHVA in this way."

The sponsor added: "As was the case with all CPHVA award categories, this was a keenly contested prize. Alison Waite was a worthy winner, the care of the next infant (CONI) programme that she manages on behalf of the Lullaby Trust is a vital service for the families that call upon the programme and the prolonged success is in no small measure attributable to Alison's outstanding leadership." 


Sponsored by Unite in Health


Winner: Jennifer Kirman – Course Lead SCPHN, Lecturer in Public Health Nursing, Oxford Brookes University

Finalists: Ruth Heffernan, Martha Gibbons

Jennifer is described by students and colleagues as a passionate and enthusiastic person, who no matter how much stress students are under, delivers lectures that never fail to make you think. She encourages students to challenge themselves and their practice, and engage with the topic while having a good laugh along the way. Jennifer is described as very intelligent and knowledgeable, but still easy toengage with. Jennifer also visits students in practice to support them which means that she has to travel many miles.

Jennifer said: "I’m really honored and surprised, overwhelmed and proud. There are so many amazing people, I’m amazed I got chosen."

Sponsored by Ten Alps Publishing


Winner: Karen Heggs – Health Visitor, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sale Moor Health Visiting Team, Manchester

Finalists: Emma Cummings

Karen is a warm and caring person who has supported fellow students on the healthvisiting course with their personal difficulties while also maintaining a high level of dedication to her studies. She received training on perinatal mental health and identified a gap in practice where there was not available literature. She then collated this information and distributed it to her team and the wider service. Karen as a professional has grown within her leadership skills and demonstrated in her practice and academic work a strong ethos of the voice of the child. Her ability to manage complex interactions with families is exceptional, considering her stage of training.

Karen said: "I am delighted - this comes at the end of a challenging and rewarding year. I’d like to thank my practice teachers Zoe Ralph and Cathy Phillips, and my colleagues."

The sponsor added: "It is an honour to be able to recognise Karen's fantastic skills and achievements as an exceptional student and newly-qualified health visitor. She has already appeared in Community Practitioner for her 'Day with Dave' experience, and I'm sure this won't be the last we hear from her."

Sponsored by Community Practitioner


Winner: Wave Trust

Finalists: N/A

The Wave Trust’s aim of tackling the root causes of damaging family cycles, including child abuse and neglect reflects greatly the realities of so many CPHVA members practice. They work to break cycles of family dysfunction and child maltreatment by finding solutions to the root causes of damage.The Unite the Union Professional Officer team have close working relationships with the Wave Trust and we have joined together in the 70/30 campaign which hopes to reduce by 70% the incidence of child maltreatment by 2030 .While the Wave Trust may not be instantly recognisable to some, they have many notable individuals on their team who have been star speakers, well received at the CPHVA annual professional conference. Unite CPHVA are pleased to have the Wave Trust as their 2015 Advocate Award recipients and we look forward to continuing with our joint work in the future. Anthoulla Koutsoudi, director of external relations at the Wave Trust said: ‘We’re delighted to have been acknowledged for our work and we will continue promoting the early years workforce for the excellent work that they do.’


Winner: Suzanne Watts

Finalists: N/A

The MacQueen Award of £12,500 for Excellence in Research/Practice Development is awarded to Suzanne Watts, currently a full time PhD student at Oxford Brookes University, for her proposed project, ‘A qualitative study to explore how health visitors and general practitioners can strengthen their collaborative safeguarding practice.’ The outstanding qualities were Suzanne’s academic excellence, and her realistic expectations for the project along with her excellent presenting skills.

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust


Winner: Fleur Seekins

Finalists: N/A

A MacQueen Award of £3,000, for professional development was awarded to Fleur Seekins, Professional lead for Health Visiting at Cambridgeshire Community Trust, for ‘Parent-led design of the personal child health record.’

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust


Winner: Georgina Mayes

Finalists: N/A

The CPHVA Parenting and Family Support Award, for £1,000, is awarded to Georgina Mayes, Area Team lead for Solent NHS Trust for a parenting and family support development activity. This is aimed at the development of the local parenting group to upskill the Portsmouth health visiting workforce to deliver the Parent Child Game to clients assessed at the Universal plus level of need. Georgina’s application was inspiring in terms of its vision and consideration of outcome evaluation anddissemination.

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust


Winner: Maggie Crosbie

Finalists: N/A

A MacQueen Award of £3,000, for professional development was awarded to Health Visitor for Tower Hamlets, Barts Health NHS Trust for ‘Too hot to handle’ - a project to promote safety in the home, particularly among minority ethnic communities in Tower Hamlets.

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust


Winner: Carolyn Taylor

Finalists: N/A

The MacQueen Travel Bursary, of £2,000, for Public Health Activity Abroad, is awarded to Carolyn Taylor Director of the Mityana Community Development Foundation charity, Uganda. Carolyn and her team are all volunteers, involved in supporting a school and community centre in the locality.

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust