ANPF: update from the chair: ANPF 2009 and the work done since last year's.
Article Type: Conference notes
Subject: Trade and professional associations (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Registered nurses (Education)
Registered nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Author: Roberts, Angela
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 10
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns; 8043110 Nurses, Registered NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations; 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 209163252
Full Text: Those of you who attended the Annual National Professional Forum (ANPF) and debated the issues raised at conference in Harrogate last year will be wondering what we have been up to since.

We asked you what you felt were the future education and training requirements for specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs). The concerns debated were around skill versus grade mix, safeguarding and essential skill sets for school nurses and health visitors. Unite/CPHVA's National Professional Committee and professional officers have worked very strategically with the Department of Health (DH) in order to realise the Action on Health Visiting programme. Unite/CPHVA is now leading a workstream to clarify specific roles for health visitors to cover the universal aspects of the role in addition to safeguarding. The 2009 conference will see the launch of a toolkit for health visitors and managers, produced in response to our joint concerns.

To add to this major development, a number of publications will be launched at this year's conference, including a community nursery nurse handbook and guidance on skill mix, competencies for staff nurses working in health visiting teams and a leaflet on the unique role of the school nurse. There is a focus on leadership and safeguarding issues in the conference programme, and the opportunity to take part in leadership master-classes. Another concern from last year's ANPF was the lack of training places and the impact of this on practice teachers. All of these issues are being considered by Unite/CPHVA with the DH, and you will be given a full briefing about this on-going work at conference.

You also asked about accountability, and the skill mix book that addresses this issue is currently being edited to be ready for launch in Southport.

We are looking forward to a lively debate at the ANPF prior to this year's conference, and as usual we welcome observers to the forum. The forum debate this year will focus on:

* Skill mix--at what point does it reach saturation point?

* How can SCPHNs remain accountable in any legal sense when they are deprived of professional autonomy?

* Should health visitors be the professionals who undertake the six- to eightweeks physical examination of infants?

The ANPF 2009 will be at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre at 10am on Wednesday 14 October--the first day of the annual professional conference and I look forward to seeing you there.

Angela Roberts

Unite/CPHVA chair
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