Lead professional officer says farewell.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Trade and professional associations (Officials and employees)
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
Topic: Event Code: 540 Executive changes & profiles
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Persons: Named Person: Adams, Cheryll
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 209163231
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Unite/CPHVA lead professional officer Cheryll Adams has announced that she will be leaving the association at the end of this month after 10 years of commitment and hard work. Her fellow lead professional officer Obi Amadi stated: 'Cheryll will be sorely missed by the association, and on behalf of our staff and members we would like to thank her for her dedication.' Unite/CPHVA Health Visitor Forum co-chair Maggie Fisher said: 'I have never known anyone as committed as Cheryll to pushing the health visiting agenda. She has been instrumental in influencing policy and will be irreplaceable.'

Unite/CPHVA professional officer Ros Godson added: 'Cheryll has worked like a dynamo to persuade a reluctant Department of Health that early intervention from health visitors is essential to improve children's health outcomes. She has been equally passionate about working to influence National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance, to the extent that I have to file emails from her separately in order to prevent my inbox from overflowing!'

In her 10 years, Cheryll has led improvements in interventions for postnatal depression, campaigned against health visiting cuts and initiated work leading to the launch of the Academy for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research.

Cheryll commented: 'I hope that I have been effective in raising member's concerns at a national level. I will remain a member and expect to stay closely associated with health visiting. Members should stay true to their public health roots and use the principles of health visiting to ensure that the inevitable service redesigns always meet the needs of their clients. Get together and speak up for what you believe in and you will have a proud history of making a difference.'
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