Public Health Nurse of the Year


Congratulations to Janet Taylor, Public Health Nurse who was awarded ‘Public Health Nurse of the Year’ at the recent Community Practitioners & Health Visitors Association Awards and to Angela McConvey, School Health Co-ordinator who was runner up in the ‘School Nurse of the Year’ category.

The CPHVA awards acknowledge the exceptional work that staff carry out with such dedication on a daily basis in all corners of the United Kingdom. The annual awards day brought together school nurses, health visitors, nursery nurses, educators and community teams.

Speaking about the award, Janet’s nominator said: “Janet cares about public health practice and inspires others to care as well. She advocates vociferously on behalf of marginalised groups to ensure their health needs are not overlooked. She promotes health visiting at every opportunity and continually stresses the importance of supporting parents to give every child the best start they deserve.”

On receiving her award, Janet said: "I'm completely overwhelmed, shocked, but absolutely delighted. It is indeed a huge honour and I feel quite emotional – I’m so pleased. It’s lovely to go back to Northern Ireland because I feel you represent everyone. Although it’s a personal award, I know all the hard work that my colleagues do so it’s lovely. My message to other professionals is continue to be inspired. Continue to be passionate about public health. Public health nursing is, I believe, the future. Our children and parents, and all the young people we work with depend on us so keep going!"

Janet Taylor is pictured receiving award from Sarah Reddington-Bowes (CPHVA Executive) and Jane Veitch (Professional Officer Unite)

Janet Taylor (Public Health Nurse), Angela McConvey (School Health Co-ordinator) & Mary Frances McManus (Nursing Officer, DHSSPS)