JFHC Board Member Barbara Evans scooped a top prize at a glittering awards ceremony organised by the CPHVA earlier this week.

Barbara received the CPHVA Community Nursery Nurse of the year award (sponsored by the Feeding for Life Foundation) in recognition of over two decades' worth of active and dedicated service working in a Leicestershire community known for its high levels of deprivation and child protection issues.

Barbara has been instrumental in forging excellent links with the local Sure Start Children's Centre and has supported many of her CNN peers through her involvement with UNITE/CPHVA and as a national chair for CNN.

Leading health visitor Alison Wall, who was also at the ceremony, told JFHC that it was a "privilege" to present her fellow JFHC Board member with the award.

Barbara herself was typically modest, saying: "'I really did not expect to win!

"I am so passionate about community Nursery nursing, I think the profession has been largely labelled 'it's only childcare' but its not. You've got to have a lot of skill and knowledge and alignment with the children. My message to practitioners would be: 'Value yourself, because you're worth it'."'

Angela Holmes, Early Years Practitioner at County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust and Karen Bainbridge, CNN at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust were runners up.

Both Barbara and Alison will be giving talks at JFHC Live, our free to attend CPD-accredited event taking place at London Olympia's Conference Centre at the end of the month.

Posted by Penny Hosie