The CPHVA Education and Development Trust
The CPHVA Education and Development Trust was created to fulfil the wishes of Dr Ian MacQueen, who was medical officer of health in Aberdeen and a Vice President and Trustee of what was then the Health Visitors’ Association (HVA). Dr MacQueen believed passionately in the contribution that health visitors make to the health of a population, especially in public health, and he wished to support this work and also reward individual health visitors for work that demonstrated excellence.
The Trust was established in 1997 following the deaths of Dr and Mrs McQueen and the generous bequest they had made. He asked that awards be given for excellence in practice, education and leadership, and to support the development of practice.
All CPHVA members, (i.e. nursery nurses, school nurses and district nurses as well as health visitors) are eligible to apply for the MacQueen Awards.
From 1999-2004, the MacQueen Award for Excellence in Practice, Leadership and Education was awarded in rotation.
In 2004, a special award was created to thank Lady Limerick for her many years as President of the CPHVA. Members and centres raised £4000 that was used for an award for excellence in research. Subsequently, the research strand has been included in the awards cycle.
In October 2012, the Trustees decided that, as of 2013, there will be 2 equal awards. This year awards will recognise ‘Excellence in Practice‘ and‘Excellence in Research’ The winners will receive £3500 each (£1000 personal spend and £2500 for professional use). In addition, the winners receive a conference ticket, and reimbursement of travel costs and hotel accommodation. The winners are required to attend annual conference to receive their award and to write a paper for publication in a relevant journal. Prize winners are required to give a presentation (in the relevant concurrent session) on their winning project.
Following discussions between the Trustees and CPHVA Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) in 2014 it was decided to change the awards again in order to meet different professional needs.
A larger award or grant would be made available to help support and promote further research into public health. In addition to this 2 smaller professional development awards would also be available.
Up to 10 tickets to attend the annual CPHVA professional conference would also be made available – this was to encourage new qualified or those who had not attended conference before.
In 2010, the MacQueen Travel Bursary for Public Health Abroad was launched to provide £1000 towards travel to undertake public health activities.
Another category of annual awards is the ‘Best Poster’ prize worth £125 each for Research and Practice awarded at the CPHVA annual professional conference.
As a registered charity, the Trust is required to adhere to the governance arrangements by the Charity Commission.
The Trust annual general meeting is held at annual professional conference. The Trustees have delegated the administration of the awards to the Professional Advisory Committee who work closely with and report to the Trustees, both the PAC and the Trust are supported by Gavin Fergie Lead professional Officer.
Board of Trustees
Kitty Lamb Chair
Sarah Forester Secretary
Mike Briggs Treasurer