CHPVA Awards 2016

Celebrating the best in professional practice

The first ever CPHVA Awards took place in London in March 2012 and it has been growing in stature ever since, recognising the work of Community Practitioners and Health Visitors across the UK and beyond.

The awards acknowledge the exceptional work that our members carry out with such dedication. To build on the success of the 2015 Awards, which was our biggest and most successful event to date, we have expanded the categories for 2016 to reflect evolving community practice and diverse professional roles that practitioners undertake.

The 2016 Awards will be recognising the achievements of the professions at a lunch time ceremony, in a spectacular new venue, the largest Livery Hall in London, Plaisters’ Hall.

To discuss how you could sponsor one of the most prestigious events in the 2016 Health Care calendar contact Richard Stillman, Group Sales Manager on Tel. 0207 657 1837 or Email

We are proud to announce 2016 sponsors



The categories for 2016 are:

To find out more about each category and how to make your nomination, click on the category that you would like to nominate someone for.

2015 Awards - A day to remember

School nurses, health visitors, nursery nurses and community teams came together on Friday 27 March 2015 at OXO2 in London for the Unite / Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) Awards, celebrating the extraordinary achievements and work of CPHVA members across the country.

Hosted by Unite CPHVA professional officer Gavin Fergie, the annual awards celebrated community healthcare professionals working to improve the lives of the children and families they serve. This year’s event also incorporated the Local Accredited Representative (LAR) Awards and the MacQueen Charitable Trust Awards for the first time.

Attendees were treated to an afternoon of fine dining overlooking the River Thames, followed by an awards presentation which recognised the breadth of excellence and achievement represented by those nominated.

Respected journalist and honorary CPHVA president Polly Toynbee introduced the ceremony, describing health visiting and school nursing as a “hard job” and reiterating how crucial it is to recognise these individuals.

Closing proceedings, Elizabeth Anionwu, CPHVA Vice President, praised members for their hard work. Speaking about the impact of  and urged all finalists to contact Community Practitioner about publishing their experiences.

The prestigious ceremony was proudly sponsored by Public Health EnglandPampersJohnson’s BabyMothercareKellogg’sCommunity Practitioner, Ten Alps Publishing, Unite/CPHVA and the CPHVA Charitable Trust.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Award Winners 2015

Setting the standard


SUE PATTERSON, OF SOHAM HEALTH and Social Care Centre in Cambridgeshire, was selected as the winner of Community Nursery Nurse of the Year at the 2015 CPHVA Awards and recalls the emotions that came about when her name was announced in March 2015.

While recounting the reasons for her nomination somewhat modestly, she refers to the support she offered a colleague during her training and “the work that I do in the team”. Sue has proved herself to be a true asset, according to her nominator. Louise Rowlinson described Sue as showing “commitment, dedication and devotion to her role”. “Nothing seems too much trouble and she will always go that extra mile,” she added at the time of Sue’s win. After initially training as a nursery nurse, Sue moved to Cambridgeshire and took up post in her current role. Having previously worked with older children, she says she wanted to “go back to working with younger children, working with people and making a difference”. Indeed, her experience with different age groups stood Sue in good stead for her award nomination. Louise says: “Sue has been very supportive and helpful when collaborative work was needed, particularly when dealing with child protection, when there were both older and younger children concerned.”


When the awards ceremony arrived, Sue was in no way expecting to be taking to the stage. “I felt really overwhelmed,” she says. “I didn’t expect to win at all!” For her, simply being part of the community is the reward, as well as “supporting parents in what is a really hard journey for them”. But the award win has been the icing on the cake. Sue describes the annual event as an important date in the community practitioner’s calendar, particularly at a time of budget cuts and understaffing. “It gives people something to look forward to if they’ve been nominated and it’s really important that we are recognised,” she explains.


The Awards also give much-needed exposure to public health services, Sue adds, while shining a light on the work of her wider team. “It’s put the Trust on the map,” she says. “The team around me is brilliant and I couldn’t be more proud.” With a sense of pride still evident from her win, Sue says she would certainly encourage fellow community practitioners to nominate their colleagues for outstanding work and dedication. “It was an honour even to be nominated, and to win it was… I can’t explain it!”

The CPHVA Awards 2016 will take place on 8 April at Plaisterers’ Hall, London. For more information, see:

Passing on the baton

Winner: Shakila Shah

Shakila Shah, a health visitor at Northenden in Manchester, won Health Visitor of the Year at the CPHVA Awards 2015. She outlines how it felt to be nominated and the difference it has made to her practice. She urges health visitors to acknowledge the contribution of their peers by participating in the 2016 Awards ceremony.

IN MARCH 2015, I WON THE HEALTH Visitor of the Year award, which was a great honour for me. Initially, I didn’t actually realise I had been nominated until I received the letter inviting me to come to the awards ceremony. I was excited and overwhelmed, and I also felt very proud to be thought highly enough of to receive a nomination. The reasons given for putting me forward were that I was a good team player, that I create a good environment for my clients and co-workers, and because of my on-going work with female genital mutilation, which I have a great interest in.  Additionally, I had been involved in devising the ‘just for you’ programme along with a colleague – something that is still in progress. I didn’t get into nursing until later in life, so I was really thrilled to be recognised in such a short space of time. It’s good to know that what you are doing is making a difference, and that others recognise that. Positive feedback from my clients contributed to the reasons that the person who nominated me thought of me. She herself has a lot of experience, and has had a very good career, so that for her to appreciate me, and say that she saw similar attributes in me, made it feel really special. Colleagues were as excited and overwhelmed as I was, and sent emails of support telling me I was a deserving candidate. They were really happy about the nomination, and it was wonderful to get that level of appreciation, and for my colleagues to recognise me in the way that they did.


The day of the awards ceremony itself was amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better day, everything was very well organised and well planned. The venue was easy to get to, with very little waiting time, and the food at the ceremony was lovely. It wasn’t a long day and everything was absolutely perfect. And then it was all capped off by winning the award, which was a wonderful feeling. When I got back, I emailed the lady who had organised all the details for me to thank her for such a lovely day. It felt like I had won the Oscars of health visiting. And I returned home to
find my family waiting to welcome me with flowers, which was a marvellous end to a very positive experience. But the boost that came from winning the award has continued well beyond the ceremony and its aftermath. Everybody is a deserving candidate regardless of whether they are nominated, or whether they win, but in my case winning the award has definitely given me more confidence in my work. Recognition from my peers has given me extra impetus to go ahead and push on with things. It has challenged me to become a better health visitor – I now have something to live up to, so I try to give something extra.


And it has made a huge difference within the Central Manchester Foundation Trust, as well as within the health visiting team. No-one can do anything without a team, so the win is a recognition of all us, especially Northenden.


Winner: Catherine Nixon – Health Visitor, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Oldham

Finalists: Carol Sibbald, Alison Lewis

Catherine was described by her colleagues as selfless, courageous and caring. She travelled to Sierra Leone with UK Meds to the Save the Children Ebola treatment centre, leaving her family and colleagues to work as a nurse with other volunteers over the Christmas period, with long shifts and physically and emotionally demanding work. Cath has now returned to the UK but struggled with the isolation and recuperation period while her colleague was seriously ill in hospital with Ebola. Cath returned to work as a health visitor in 2014 after spending two years with VSO in Nepal, working with women and children, setting up clinics and influencing health practices.

Catherine said: "I am delighted that this award raises the profile of women’s rights and the important work that we as practitioners can do."

The sponsor added: "JOHNSON’S® was really proud to sponsor the Community Practitioner of the Year Award at the CPHVA Awards 2015, which celebrates the excellence in practice for the care of children. At JOHNSONS’S® we are committed in Advancing the Science of Healthy Baby Development™ and recognising the essential role community practitioners play alongside the CPHVA. Again congratulations to Catherine Nixon (Health Visitor, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Werneth Primary Care Centre, Oldham) who fully deserved the award, and thanks to all the nominees for their continuous outstanding work to improve the lives of babies, children and families.”

Sponsored by Johnson's Baby


Winner: Shakila Shah – Health Visitor, Northenden Group Practice, Manchester

Finalists: Naimh Hanlon, Sheila Lally

Shakila devised ‘A just for you programme’ which is an additional package for highly vulnerable parents who love their children but are blinkered to the damage being inflicted by their varying dependencies. It is this individualised approach that empowers and gives parents back their self-belief. Her more recent research has been into cultural differences and she has developed guidance notes for health visitors.

Shakila said: "Winning this award has given me more inspiration to strive to make a difference, big or small. For me this is a great personal achievement. I am absolutely overjoyed and honoured."

The sponsor added: “Pampers were delighted to have awarded Shakila Shah with the Health Visitor of the Year at this year’s CPHVA Awards. Shakila’s passion for making a difference every day with her work is inspiring and we hope her recognition inspires other health visitors to keep doing the outstanding work they are doing for parents and babies around the country.”

Sponsored by Pampers


Winner: Sue Patterson – Community Nursery Nurse, Soham Health & Social Care Centre, Cambridgeshire

Finalists: Sarah Rowland, Amelia Wilton, Becky Sears

Sue shows commitment, dedication and devotion to her role. Nothing seems too much trouble, and she will always go that extra mile. People think very highly of her team and the work that they do. Sometimes things can often go unnoticed and are taken for granted, which is why it is important to give people like Sue the recognition they deserve. Sue has also been very supportive and helpful when collaborative work was needed, particularly when dealing with Child Protection when there were both older and younger children concerned.

Sue said: "Winning the award feels fantastic. We all do a fabulous job - the team around me is brilliant and I couldn’t be more proud."

The sponsors added: "Mothercare and ELC were delighted to sponsor the CPHVA Award for the Community Nursery Nurse of the Year. Community nursery nurses are an essential part of the health visiting team offering tremendous support to helping new parents."

Sponsored by Mothercare


Winner: Yvette Bynoe – Senior School Nurse, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Finalists: Angela Lovatt

Yvette is currently an experienced senior school nurse, working part time. She is an enthusiastic team leader, available at all times even under pressure. Yvette is a leader that gives her time to listen and offers full-hearted advice. She knows how to delegate well and follows guidelines and protocols in detail. She is a very good example of the professional standard of nursing that needs to be illustrated to any new team member.

Yvette said: "I feel truly honoured to have received this award as it was so unexpected, and it has shown me that I am valued by the team and organisation."

The sponsors added: "It was an honour to award Yvette B with the School Nurse of the year. It was a pleasure hearing about Yvette's career, dedication and her fantastic team. Yvette spoke of the pressure on school nurses to respond to a multitude of potential mental and physical health issues; school nurses on the front line are often overlooked. It's fantastic to show recognition for school nurses as a collective but also for the wonderful, bubbly, humble and well deserved 2015 winner, Yvette."

Sponsored by Kellogg's


Winner: NINES (Northern Ireland New Entrance Service)

Finalists: Early years Mental Health Specialist Team – South Tyneside, South Warrington 0-19 years Team

This project provides a regional holistic service to support the health and social wellbeing of new immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. It has sought to provide outstanding care for BME and asylum seeking groups and this has allowed for the expansion and enhancement of existing TB screening services within Belfast Trust. A passport has been developed infive languages to enhance communication between primary and secondary care.

Team Lead Catherine Doherty said: "This recognises the hard work and dedication of the staff team but also highlights the need for a unique service that seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable client groups."

The sponsor added: "Public Health England were delighted to have awarded the Northern Ireland New Entrants Service with the Community Practitioner Team of the year, at this year’s CPHVA Awards – It is an honour that we recognise innovative professionals in the field of population health nursing for the outstanding work that they are doing.”

Sponsored by Public Health England


Winner: Alison Waite – Head of CONI Programme, The Lullaby Trust

Finalists: Sharin Baldwin, Ruth Chittenden

The Care of the Next Infant (CONI) programme, set up by The Lullaby Trust and run in partnership with the NHS, is the UK’s only maternity support service for bereaved parents. It aims to increase the confidence of parents devastated by the death of their previous baby, and seeks to improve the life chances of some of the country’s most vulnerable babies. Alison was instrumental in setting up CONI and has lead the team since the programme began in 1988. Alison works with and trains health visitors to act as local CONI Coordinators.

Alison could not be there to collect the award, but later said: "I am thrilled to receive this award. Health visiting is the backbone of CONI so it is very special to have our work recognised by the CPHVA in this way."

The sponsor added: "As was the case with all CPHVA award categories, this was a keenly contested prize. Alison Waite was a worthy winner, the care of the next infant (CONI) programme that she manages on behalf of the Lullaby Trust is a vital service for the families that call upon the programme and the prolonged success is in no small measure attributable to Alison's outstanding leadership." 


Sponsored by Unite in Health


Winner: Jennifer Kirman – Course Lead SCPHN, Lecturer in Public Health Nursing, Oxford Brookes University

Finalists: Ruth Heffernan, Martha Gibbons

Jennifer is described by students and colleagues as a passionate and enthusiastic person, who no matter how much stress students are under, delivers lectures that never fail to make you think. She encourages students to challenge themselves and their practice, and engage with the topic while having a good laugh along the way. Jennifer is described as very intelligent and knowledgeable, but still easy toengage with. Jennifer also visits students in practice to support them which means that she has to travel many miles.

Jennifer said: "I’m really honored and surprised, overwhelmed and proud. There are so many amazing people, I’m amazed I got chosen."

Sponsored by Ten Alps Publishing


Winner: Karen Heggs – Health Visitor, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sale Moor Health Visiting Team, Manchester

Finalists: Emma Cummings

Karen is a warm and caring person who has supported fellow students on the healthvisiting course with their personal difficulties while also maintaining a high level of dedication to her studies. She received training on perinatal mental health and identified a gap in practice where there was not available literature. She then collated this information and distributed it to her team and the wider service. Karen as a professional has grown within her leadership skills and demonstrated in her practice and academic work a strong ethos of the voice of the child. Her ability to manage complex interactions with families is exceptional, considering her stage of training.

Karen said: "I am delighted - this comes at the end of a challenging and rewarding year. I’d like to thank my practice teachers Zoe Ralph and Cathy Phillips, and my colleagues."

The sponsor added: "It is an honour to be able to recognise Karen's fantastic skills and achievements as an exceptional student and newly-qualified health visitor. She has already appeared in Community Practitioner for her 'Day with Dave' experience, and I'm sure this won't be the last we hear from her."

Sponsored by Community Practitioner


Winner: Wave Trust

The Wave Trust’s aim of tackling the root causes of damaging family cycles, including child abuse and neglect reflects greatly the realities of so many CPHVA members practice. They work to break cycles of family dysfunction and child maltreatment by finding solutions to the root causes of damage.The Unite the Union Professional Officer team have close working relationships with the Wave Trust and we have joined together in the 70/30 campaign which hopes to reduce by 70% the incidence of child maltreatment by 2030 .While the Wave Trust may not be instantly recognisable to some, they have many notable individuals on their team who have been star speakers, well received at the CPHVA annual professional conference. Unite CPHVA are pleased to have the Wave Trust as their 2015 Advocate Award recipients and we look forward to continuing with our joint work in the future. Anthoulla Koutsoudi, director of external relations at the Wave Trust said: ‘We’re delighted to have been acknowledged for our work and we will continue promoting the early years workforce for the excellent work that they do.’


Winner: Suzanne Watts

Finalists: N/A

The MacQueen Award of £12,500 for Excellence in Research/Practice Development is awarded to Suzanne Watts, currently a full time PhD student at Oxford Brookes University, for her proposed project, ‘A qualitative study to explore how health visitors and general practitioners can strengthen their collaborative safeguarding practice.’ The outstanding qualities were Suzanne’s academic excellence, and her realistic expectations for the project along with her excellent presenting skills.

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust


Winner: Fleur Seekins

Finalists: N/A

A MacQueen Award of £3,000, for professional development was awarded to Fleur Seekins, Professional lead for Health Visiting at Cambridgeshire Community Trust, for ‘Parent-led design of the personal child health record.’

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust


Winner: Georgina Mayes

Finalists: N/A

The CPHVA Parenting and Family Support Award, for £1,000, is awarded to Georgina Mayes, Area Team lead for Solent NHS Trust for a parenting and family support development activity. This is aimed at the development of the local parenting group to upskill the Portsmouth health visiting workforce to deliver the Parent Child Game to clients assessed at the Universal plus level of need. Georgina’s application was inspiring in terms of its vision and consideration of outcome evaluation anddissemination.

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust


Winner: Maggie Crosbie

Finalists: N/A

A MacQueen Award of £3,000, for professional development was awarded to Health Visitor for Tower Hamlets, Barts Health NHS Trust for ‘Too hot to handle’ - a project to promote safety in the home, particularly among minority ethnic communities in Tower Hamlets.

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust


Winner: Carolyn Taylor

Finalists: N/A

The MacQueen Travel Bursary, of £2,000, for Public Health Activity Abroad, is awarded to Carolyn Taylor Director of the Mityana Community Development Foundation charity, Uganda. Carolyn and her team are all volunteers, involved in supporting a school and community centre in the locality.

Sponsored by CPHVA Education and Development Trust