Broadcaster and presenter Carrie Grant has been appointed as the new president of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA).
Ms Grant is a broadcaster, vocal coach and campaigner 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.
“There have been so many changes within community practice”
The CPHVA, which represents community nurses, but in particular health visitors and school nurses, is part of the union Unite.
In a statement, the union highlighted Ms Grant’s “impressive record in the health sector”.
She is also 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.
Ms Grant has had Crohn’s disease since the age of 18 and two of her children have autism.
In addition, she sits on the largest transforming care panel in the UK for mental health and learning disabilities and, together with her husband David, runs a number of community support groups.
“Carrie’s profile will assist our members in raising the profile of community practitioners and health visitors”
She also chaired the chief nursing officer for England’s annual summit in March this year and wrote a related blog on the importance of personalised care from the patient’s perspective.
Ms Grant revealed the news via social media on Monday, with the appointment officially confirmed yesterday by Unite.
“Very excited to announce I have just been appointed president of CPHVA, the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association,” she said on Twitter.
In her first official role as CPHVA president, she chaired this week’s health visitors conference in Glasgow, 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,” she said.
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 help to provide a spotlight to dedicated professionals whose work is often underappreciated,” she said.
She added: “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.”