Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warmly welcomed the appointment of broadcaster and presenter Carrie Grant as the new president of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA).
The CPHVA is a professional association in the health sector of Unite which represents all community practitioners including health visitors and school nurses. In particular it protects and promotes the status of community practitioners and the service they deliver.
Carrie Grant is a broadcaster, vocal coach and campaigner, and is best known for her role as a reporter on BBC’s The One Show and her former role as a judge on Pop Idol and Fame Academy.
She has an impressive record in the health sector. She is the patient lead for the College of Medicine and is an ambassador for three charities Crohns and Colitis UK, the National Autistic Society and The Diana Award. She is an active campaigner for change in healthcare systems and sits on the largest transforming care panel in the UK for mental health and learning disabilities. Together with her husband David she runs a number of community support groups from her home.
In her first official role as CPHVA president she chaired this week’s health visitors conference, an integral part of health visitors week. She said: “It is clear that the work that community practitioners and particularly with this week in mind, health visitors and their teams do is so important in the lives of families with young children.
“Times are difficult for the workforce as there have been so many changes within community practice and the dynamics of the policy arena which have meant many practitioners and their service leads are uncertain about what services are now and will look like in the future.”
Obi Amadi, Unite’s lead professional officer who has responsibility for the CPHVA, said: “We are delighted that Carrie has agreed to become our new president. Her passion and commitment to the health sector will hope to provide a spotlight to dedicated professionals whose work is often underappreciated.
“I am sure that Carrie’s profile will assist our members in raising the profile of community practitioners and health visitors and ensure that the general public gains a greater understanding of the work that our members carry out.”
For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.