Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference


The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Learn from the Past: Your Role, Your Voice, Your Future’. 2018 is an anniversary year and it is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the NHS, the suffragette movement and contributions from the Windrush generation. We want delegates to be empowered by the knowledge passed on from our expert speakers and to believe that they have the opportunity to influence their future.

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Chair’s remarks


Speaker: Janet Taylor, CPHVA Executive Committee Chair

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Welcome from Unite


Speaker: Sarah Carpenter, Head of Health, Unite the Union

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2018: Celebrating women’s suffrage, Windrush & the NHS

09.40- 10.05

Speaker: Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu DBE CBE FRCN FQNI PhD, Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of West London and Honarary Vice-President, Unite-CPHVA

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Developing your resilience as a practitioner: What Egyptian cotton sheets can do for you and other top tips from the science of resilience


This presentation will cover the latest thinking on resilience as applied to practitioners working in community health. It will explore individual, organisational and policy perspectives on this topic and draw out some of the main findings from research that can support your practice.

Speaker: Caroline Hudson, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences at the University of Brighton

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Refreshment break in the exhibition hall


Unicef – Baby Friendly Initiative


An update on the Baby Friendly Initiative and the campaign from 2017.

Speaker: Sue Ashmoore, Programme Director, Unicef

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The next 10 years – what will public health look like?


Speaker: Jonathan Ashworth MP,  Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Labour MP for Leicester South

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Lunchtime masterclasses


Afternoon masterclasses


Masterclass 1: What to do when you don't know what to do

A session to help practitioners find a way through workload pressures

Speakers: Sarah Carpenter, Head of Health, Unite the Union and Jane Beach, Lead Professional Officer, Regulation, East Midlands, Unite the Union

Masterclass 2: Five to Thrive

This masterclass will describe the Five to Thrive approach, and at the same time highlight how effective it's been as a comprehensive tool for early years professionals across the board from Jon’s experience in service provision.

Speakers: Jonathan Rallings, Managing Director, KCA Training

Masterclass 3: Sleep success in children

You will explore reasons why children may not sleep, how to keep sleep diaries, what happens to our bodies when we are sleeping as well as practical strategies to take away and implement at home.

Speakers: Helen Rutherford, The Children's Sleep Charity

Masterclass 4: Mindfulness and compassion

The session is designed to be an introduction into mindfulness and how the delegates can bring this into their day to day work and personal life. Our speaker will provide an overview of mindfulness and compassion, examples of the application in healthcare and the best way for delegates to establish their own mindfulness practice.

Speakers: Singhashri Gazmuri, Head of Innovations, Breathworks CIC

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Extended masterclass: Creative thinking and problem solving


This session will be a 90-minute interactive workshop to explore sharing and developing creative thinking and problem solving for Community Practitioners and Health Visitors. There will be opportunities for participants to share creative solutions they have developed as well as opportunities to try out various techniques drawn from the world of professional design practise.

The session will be facilitated by the Lab4Living team from the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. They have many years’ experience working with a wide variety of healthcare practitioners, health services researchers and ‘service users’ using various creative design strategies to solve problems and implement research evidence.

Speakers: Joe Langley, Researcher and Design Engineer, Sheffield Hallam University

Rebecca Partridge, Design researcher and PhD candidate, Sheffield Hallam University

Gemma Wheeler, Design Researcher, Sheffield Hallam University

Rémi Bec, Design Researcher, Sheffield Hallam University

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Concurrent sessions


Concurrent session A

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: Community Practitioners Needs in relation to the Recognition of Human Trafficking

Speaker: Dawn Eccleston, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

Paper 2: Female Genital Mutilation – Asking the Question?

Speakers: Beth Jones and Louise Young, Health Visitors, Cardiff Flying Start


Concurrent session B

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: The impact of an efficiency driven health care system on teaching and learning in clinical practice

Speaker: Karen Adams, Head of Post-registration, Business and Enterprise, University of Huddersfield

Paper 2: Resilience and Emotional Intelligence the role they were found to play in the wellbeing of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses

Speaker: Janet Gargiulo, Senior Lecturer, Glyndwr University

Paper 3: Student health visitor’s perceptions of their professional identity- preliminary findings.

Speaker: Jane Goodman-Brown, Principal Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University


Concurrent session C

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: Meeting Children’s Needs: A Cultural Change from Output to Outcomes

Speakers: Gill Fitz-gerald, Practice teacher, Swindon Borough Council

Liz Wiltshire, Professional Lead for Health visiting, Swindon Borough Council

Paper 2: Reporting on a visit to Bulgaria in Support of UNICEF in their Development of Family Focused Home Visiting

Speaker: Chris Gordon, Public Health Nurse HV - Education & Training, Independent


Concurrent session D

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: An evaluation of a new group safeguarding supervision process for Health Visitors in Wales: A Pilot Study

Speaker: Michelle Moseley, Lecturer, Cardiff University

Paper 2: Exploring Glasgow Parents' Views of the Equal Protection from Assault (Scotland) Bill

Speaker: Christopher Sweeney, Health Visitor and Master of Public Health Student, University Of Glasgow

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Refreshment break in the exhibition hall


Exhibition, networking and poster display

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IT’s everyone’s business


Speaker: Will Smart, Chief Information Officer, NHS England

Will is charged with ensuring we are exploiting technology and will give an overview on the work going on in the organisations that are digital exemplars and what governance is required to underpin delivery.

Along with GDPR there are a number of wide reaching changes occurring with digital ways of working. In this session we will highlight the benefits and spread the word about the great work going on.

Nurses are in the minority in this space although the tide is starting to change but we need to be ‘in’ and ‘understand the space’ to be able to have a voice and influence practice development, pathway development and record development that is fit for purpose for us as professionals and our client group.

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Paternal Mental Health



Mark Williams, founder, Fathers Reaching Out

Dr Andrew Mayers, Principal Academic, University of Bournemouth


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Conference Party



Party Venue: Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, 105 St Michael's Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5DU



19.00     Arrival and welcome drink

19.30     Welcome address

20.00     Hot fork buffet and cash bar

21.00     Party entertainment and dancing

23.00     Carriages


For further information please visit: https://www.cphvaconference.co.uk/conference-party/

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Breakfast masterclasses




Welcome to Day 2


The four-country experience


Chief nursing officers from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will discuss the latest challenges and solutions from their country.


Julia Egan, Professional Advisor for Public Health, Early Years and Children’s Services, Chief Nurses Office in Scottish Government

Professor Jean White CBE, Chief Nursing Officer (Wales) / Nurse Director NHS Wales, Welsh Government

Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing officer (CNO) for Northern Ireland and Visiting Professor at Ulster University Faculty of Health Science

Wendy Nicholson, National Lead Nurse: Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England


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Refreshment break in the exhibition hall


Refreshment break - exhibition, networking and poster display

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Morning masterclasses


Masterclass 6: What to do when you don't know what to do- This session is a repeat

A session to help practitioners find a way through workload pressures

Speakers: Sarah Carpenter, Head of Health, Unite the Union and Jane Beach, Lead Professional Officer, Regulation, East Midlands, Unite the Union

Masterclass 7: Helping parents build bonds with their baby:  briefing on forthcoming new NSPCC campaign and lessons from insight research

The NSPCC will be launching a major awareness raising campaign to encourage parents and carers to build close bonds with their babies.  The campaign will provide guidance on improving understanding of your baby’s needs and tips on effective communication, particularly verbal interaction.  The campaign complements the infant mental health agenda and a wide range of activities that professionals, including health visitors and midwives, are already undertaking.  The masterclass will share the thinking behind the campaign  and the insight research that the NSPCC has conducted with parents and professionals.

Chair: Claire Elwell, North East, Yorkshire & Humberside, CPHVA Executive

Speaker: Christopher Cloke, Head of Safeguarding in Communities, NSPCC; and Vice President, CPHVA

Masterclass 8: Which tools could you use to increase your stress management, resilience and positivity at home and at work?

Speaker: Claire Chambers, Associate Lecturer, The Open University

Masterclass 9: to be confirmed

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CNN Registration


Speaker: Sally James, Public Health Workforce Specialist, working across the West Midlands, Health Education England

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Toilet Training


Speaker: Brenda Cheer, Specialist Children’s Bladder and Bowel Nurse, ERIC

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Concurrent sessions


Concurrent session E

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: The experiences of health visitors supporting multiple birth families

Speaker: Lara Alamad, Research Assistant, Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre

Paper 2: All Wales Health Visitor Observation and Assessment of the Infant (HOAI) Research Project. Phase One: Findings

Speaker: Amanda Holland, Lecturer and SCPHN Programme Manager, Cardiff University



Concurrent session F

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: This journey alone would have been very difficult”Developing a support group for parents of children awaiting assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Speaker: Janine Ellul, Clinical Lead for Health Visiting, Tower Hamlets GP Care Group

Paper 2: Public health nurses’ lived experience of domestic abuse: Implications for practice

Speaker: Dawn Firth, Specialist Nurse, Safeguarding, Children's Health Provision, North East Lincolnshire Council



Concurrent session G

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: Teenage Girls Plus Physical Activity Verses Obesity

Speaker: Debbie Ashbrook, Starting Well Nurse, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Paper 2: Understanding Adoptive Families and the role of the Health Visitor

Speaker: Sabrina Purse, Community Nursery Nurse, Dorset Healthcare


Concurrent session H

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: Utilising virtual reality simulation to deliver workshops on paediatric minor illness to Specialist Community Public Health Nurses and General Practice Nurses

Speakers: Jean Evers, Head of Department, University of Chester

Zalihe Kamil-Thomas, Programme Lead-SCPHN (HV) Lecturer, University of Chester

Paper 2: Sudden unexplained Death in infancy pathway for intervention and education with families during Universal pathway visits

Speaker: Anne Hair, Senior Nurse Practice Development, NHS GGC


Concurrent session I

Chair: to be confirmed

Paper 1: Five Guide- A Health Visitor led commitment to Better Births for recovery in women who have C-section delivery

Speaker: Janine McKnight-Cowan, Health Visitor-Queens Nurse, Derbyshire Community Healthcare Foundation Trust

Paper 2: Health Visiting Service Transformation

Speaker: Dee Mc Gregor, Development Support Officer, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust/ Centre for Early Child Development

Paper 3: Delivering an antenatal health visiting service in a group setting: preliminary findings from implementation of Pregnancy Circles

Speaker: Mary Sawtell, Trial Manager and Health Visitor, University College London Institute of Education; Virgin Care (Essex)

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Lunch - exhibition, networking and poster display
(includes 10 mins additional time to move back to session)

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Lunchtime masterclasses


Community Practitioner – Nick Robin memorial lecture: Advancing the Rights and Well-being of Asylum Seekers and Refugees


The project aimed to provide accessible and up-to-date information on the rights and well-being of asylum seekers and refugees for health professionals and students through an online resource hub.
Asylum seekers and refugees mostly come from developing countries where there is abuse of human rights, war and conflict. Consequently, the majority of them suffer from physical and mental health problems. However, research has indicated that professionals often lack an understanding of their role and knowledge in relation to caring for asylum seekers and refugees. This project attempted to address this gap
by co-creating an online resource hub through action research. Empirical data was collected through focus groups and semi-structured interviews with professionals who were refugees or have extensive experience of working with asylum seekers and refugees.

The findings reveal the prevalence of physical and mental health challenges among asylum seekers and refugees and the lack of information to enable professionals to provide care for them. By making the relevant information on policy and health readily accessible, professionals can enhance their knowledge to offer the necessary support to asylum seekers and refugees. The rich resources provided also aim to benefit other users such as professionals working in various sectors such as education, housing, employment etc. In addition, the online resource hub provides relevant links to appropriate organisations that can enable practitioners to provide holistic support to asylum seekers and refugees.

Speaker: Philomene Uwamaliya, Senior Lecturer & Project Lead – Resources for Professionals caring for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

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Health Literacy

15.00 -15.25

This session will give an overview of health literacy and why it is important to practitioners working in public health especially health visitors and school nurses. Health visitors provide clients with lots of information so it is vital that that this is delivered effectively so we will explore what techniques are being used and what is working.

Our speaker will also address what is being done to address the issues across the UK and what the recommendations for practice and resources for health professionals and what the future plans are.

Speaker: Professor Joanne Protheroe, Professor of General Practice, Keele University and Chair of the Health Literacy UK Group

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Learning from our past to create a better future


Speaker: Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England

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