Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference

Why visit

Whether you are a health visitor, a community nursery nurse, community practitioner or school nurse, educationalist, researcher or student there is something of interest for everyone on the programme. The plenary sessions will give you focused updates on key changes and policies affecting community practice in the UK, and dedicated break-out sessions will allow you to tailor a programme that meets your individual interests.

  • Access to a dedicated conference programme that will give you practical insights to take away and reflect on in your role.
  • Opportunities to network and share experiences with community practitioners and leading healthcare organisations around the UK.
  • A tailored programme to meet your professional needs with a choice of break-out sessions and masterclasses.
  • Hear inspirational success stories from your colleagues and the pioneering work they are doing in their regions through a Call for Papers.
  • The perfect opportunity to develop your skills and share experiences with your peers.
  • Professional and clinical updates to support you in CPD and revalidation.
  • A vibrant exhibition featuring companies, charities and associations who will provide information on cutting edge solutions to support you in practice.
  • The chance to attend the conference party where you can relax amongst friends old and new.
  • Health Visitors
  • School Nurses
  • Community Nursery Nurses
  • Community Practitioners
  • Academics and lecturers in public health nursing
  • District Nurses

Get funding from your Unite branch
It might be possible to get financial support from your Unite branch too, especially if you attend their branch meetings, or keep in touch with what the branch is doing. A good plan is to ask for something that can be evidenced with a receipt – such as the cost of a ticket, travel or accommodation – so the branch can keep an accurate record of how members’ money is spent. The request is best made in writing to the branch secretary and then followed up by attending the next branch meeting.

Get funding from your employer
You can gain managerial approval to attend the conference by sharing the following points:

  • I’ll have access to a dedicated conference programme aimed at community practice
  • I’ll be able to network and share experiences with CPs from across the UK and bring back transferable information to develop our work
  • It will support re-validation, with best-practice workshops, plenary sessions and masterclasses
  • I’ll hear policy updates on the latest regulatory challenges
  • I’ll bring back useful insights to share with the rest of the team

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This award enables attendance at the Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference 2019. Applicants must be Unite-CPHVA members who have qualified within the last two years OR have never previously attended a Unite-CPHVA Conference.

The CPHVA Education and Development Trust was created to fulfil the wishes of Dr Ian MacQueen, who was Medical Officer of Health in Aberdeen and a Vice President and Trustee of what was then the Health Visitors’ Association (HVA). Dr MacQueen believed passionately in the contribution that health visitors make to the health of the population, especially in public health, and he wished to support this work and also reward individual practitioners for work that demonstrated excellence.

Established in 1997, it made its first award in 1999. The Trust, a registered charity, is served by a committee of Trustee’s who are supported by a Professional Advisory Committee (PAC).

The Trust is committed to supporting Dr MacQueen’s wishes and strives to make its awards as varied and inclusive as possible.

This year we hope to support 8 community practitioners to attend the CPHVA Annual Professional Conference.

The award will provide a full two day conference ticket and £50 towards travel/ accommodation. Up to EIGHT awards are available.


  • You must be a CPHVA member
  • You must have qualified within the past 2 years or not previously attended a CPHVA conference.
  • You must be prepared to write a 300 word reflection on your conference experience (which the Trust may use as part of an article / future publicity).

Other information

  • Applications will be assessed and chosen by the Professional Advisory Committee of the Trust.
  • Successful applicants will receive a full conference ticket (both days) and £50 towards the cost of travel or accommodation (it is the individual’s responsibility to organise their own travel and accommodation).
  • Applicants will be advised if they have been successful, or not, as soon as possible.

Further details about the award and the application process are available from Lynne MacKinnon, member of the Professional Advisory Committee: Lynne.mackinnon@nhs.net

Applications will be reviewed as they are received so early application is strongly advised.

Apply now