Many congratulations to all the winners of who received an award at the CPHVA award ceremony on 8 April in London, including Patricia Kelly (one of our Fellows) who won Practice Teacher of the year and our own Elaine McInnes (also a Fellow) – read about Elaine’s win:

340px_ElaineMcInnesElaine McInnes, Professional development officer of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), has received the MacQueen award for excellence in research and practice development 2016.

Announced at a reception in London on 8 April 2016, the award recognises the importance of a research project that Elaine is undertaking as part of her doctoral studies. The project aims to understand what the components of successful preceptorship programmes are for newly qualified health visitors following the DH Health Visiting call to action 2011-2015.

Elaine commented on her award:

“I am thrilled and delighted to have won this award and I’d like to thank the shortlisting panel who recognised the importance of this project. We are in a unique position in health visiting as the rapid increase in staff (46%), and the variables this brings, has not had the opportunity to be investigated. Additionally, in health visiting research there is little evidence to the actual support required during the first year in practice. The quality of services that the health visiting profession delivers to families must remain first class. Families are more likely than ever to receive their care from a newly qualified health visitor and, as such, it is vital we ensure that the right support is in place for newly qualified practitioners”.