Over 70 health visiting students attended a question time session organised by the professional officer team of Unite in Ipswich.
The panel consisted of experts from NHS England, University Campus Suffolk, NHS Education, alongside Unite professional officer, Dave Munday and a health visiting student.
Questions ranged from the future for health visiting, flexible working, sure start centres, through to special practice mentors and caseloads.
Students from a large number of trusts including, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire attended and commented on how well the event was structured and provided insight into the role they are currently being trained for.
Regional co-ordinating officer and NHS lead officer for the Eastern part of the region, Mark Robinson, commented, “CPHVA is the only dedicated union for health visitors and provides not only an organising and industrial arm but also a highly dedicated and professional service for its members. Events such as this one in Ipswich show our commitment to ensuring both strands work together to educate our members. Student health visitors are absolutely vital to ensuring the service grows and remains crucial to the public in their communities for young babies and children. Many students were so impressed that we recruited a large number of new members on the day."
More details in the event report.