Training concerns for the future generation of health visitors is top of the agenda for Unite’s lead professional officer Obi Amadi, now she has been appointed to the health visitor implementation taskforce.
It is the first time that Unite has had a full-time officer on the government taskforce which is charged with supporting the coalition's plan to create 4,200 new health visitors by 2015.
Obi Amadi said: “I am pleased to be able to contribute to this important work. This is a significant investment in the health visiting profession and we have a responsibility to make the implementation plan a credible reality for this dedicated workforce.
“While the aim of 4,200 extra health visitors by 2015 is broadly on track, we do have concerns about whether the new recruits will have all their training needs met, in particular the ratio of practice educators to the new health visitors.”
Unite, the country’s largest union, embraces the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association as one of its professional sections.
For further information please contact Obi Amadi on 07780 955 936 and/or Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.