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Issue 17 September 2014
iHV Trustees Ros Bryar and Sally Kendall with chief fundraiser IHV's Melita Walker after finishing the Great North Run earlier this month

Director's Message

By now most of you will have enjoyed a well-earned summer break and have our feet back under the table in the world of work. Here at iHV we have been busy over August/September with our Education and Fellows projects. I would like to share the exciting news that we  have now appointed 35 Fellows of the Institute. This prestigious award given to senior health visitors who demonstrate outstanding leadership, passion and innovative work will be running further rounds of applications. As well as having this key role within your organisation if you apply this year and being able to use the initials FiHV, you will embark on a tailored leadership course which has been shaped by senior leaders with the help from the first 5 fellows. This training will be outstanding with many national speakers. If you are hesitant in applying - you have nothing to lose. If we feel you need a little more experience we will tell you, but we know there are loads of amazing health visitors changing other people's lives and we want to find you! Details are on our website. Do apply today. 

Finally I would like to say a public thank you to our tremendous team who entered the Great North Run to fundraise for the Institute.  Your efforts were very much appreciated and the money you raised will be very well spent - THANK YOU.


Dr Cheryll Adams                                    
iHV Director

New Materials

Our first educational project outputs have been rolled out to every organisation from early September. National Induction and Preceptorship Frameworks have been developed and tested by around 80 health visitors from students, newly qualified, practice teachers, service leads and regional directors. These frameworks are designed for organisations to shape their own programmes from and we welcome your thoughts and feedback to develop the final frameworks for January 2015. We will be conducting a national survey so please do keep an eye on our Facebook pages for the details next month. If you have not received the frameworks via your organisation, you can download them from our website here, preceptorship and induction
Members of the Task and Finish group
Monthly featured Good Practice Points

The iHV has now published 45 sets of Good Practice Points (GPPs) and 30 Tips for Parents. You will find them on the website under the Policy and Professional and For Families buttons. These are a brilliant resource especially for new health visitors.  

We published our latest fact sheets on Working with Minority Groups - Female Genital Mutilation and Toilet Training for Parents.

Coming Soon - Fact sheets for HVs and Parents on Ages and Stages,
Child Development for HVs and Parents. Also Working with Muslim families and Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health.
Pictures from the Great North Run

Marce International Conference 10-12th September

We attended a fantastic International Marce conference this month with a large delegation of health visitor Perinatal Mental Health Champions on Scholarships. All had an excellent time - learning, networking and making new friends. They were amazed at how friendly their heroes in the field were. Meeting those such as Prof John Cox being a particular thrill. The iHV team were so proud of those who presented so movingly at our Champions Symposium which became the talk of the conference.

There was fun too, a networking evening for the Champions with the iHV team and special PH nurse guests from Norway and Denmark and a Gala conference dinner for all delegates.

We are convinced that the Marce conference delivered what we hoped it would but also much more. The Champions left not only with new knowledge and new energy but realising just how important the health visiting role is for improving perinatal mental health. From the feedback we have had we are confident that they will be using this experience to make a real difference to the children and families they and their colleagues are responsible for. 
Get involved with our Champions work. New Champions opportunity in Infant Mental Health coming soon.
Dr Cheryll Adams showing Professor John Cox the new iHV fact sheets at the International Marce Conference
Two of our PMH Champions presenting at the iHV Symposium during the International Marce Conference 
Dr Cheryll Adams with some of our PMH Champions at the Marce conference

Ealing Education Hub Launch

The Clinical Academic Hub has been created to develop the health visiting workforce in Ealing and NW London and aims to be a centre of excellence for the profession in this area. The recent hub launch was very well attended and included special guest speakers such as Professor Dame Sarah Cowley, Dr Cheryll Adams and Mitch Blair. The hub has created a very positive vibe amongst their health visiting staff present and the feedback from everyone following the day was very positive. You can connect with the team via Facebook.

iHV to host UNICEF delegations

For a week in October the iHV is going to be hosting delegations from 4 countries sponsored by UNICEF. They are Kazakhstan, Georgia, Kosovo and Turkmenistan. Dr Cheryll Adams is leading the week and has put together a programme offering a ‘deep dive’ into the world of the health visitor with sessions covering everything from policy to practice. We are delighted that some of our Fellows will be presenting practice case studies to the delegations and 4 London boroughs will be hosting practice based days. The aim of the visits is to explore our ‘gold star’ health visitor service and to learn from it. UNICEF are working with these countries to introduce a home visiting service which will be professionally based but not as yet at the level of our services. The intention is to combat significant levels of baby abandonment and safeguarding issues often experienced in these countries.


A Nightingale lecture with Professor Debra Bick: Birth and Beyond: Why Effective Postnatal Care Matters

exact venue TBC, King’s College London
Lecture, Public Talk
09/12/2014 (17:00-18:30)
Book tickets through eventbrite.

Child Health Forums
These free educational events are aimed at all professionals working with children and their families. See here for forth coming dates. 

LGA Events 
The LGA, Public Health England and NHS England are delivering a series of regional events in September and October 2014. These are '0-5' public health commissioning events.

Transfer of 0-5 children's public health commissioning regional workshops: data and information requirements
PHE are running a series of half-day workshops during September and early October. These events will focus on how to make sure that the relevant data and information which is needed for the effective commissioning of children's public health services remains available throughout the transition and beyond October 2015.Workshop dates


Autistic brain 'overloaded with connections'
 "Scientists discover people with autism have too many brain 'connections’", US research suggests that people with an autistic spectrum disorder have an excessive amount of neural connections inside their brain.

Breastfeeding study shows need for effective peer counselling programs
The support of peer groups and clinicians is critical to the development of effective breastfeeding programs, according to recent research.

“One in five child deaths ‘preventable’” reports BBC News. The headline was prompted by the publication of a three-part series of papers on child death in high-income countries published in The Lancet. This 'Behind the headlines' article examines the evidence behind this report.

Family employment and child socioemotional behaviour: longitudinal findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study
Levels of paid employment in two parent and lone parent families have increased in the UK but evidence of its impact on child socioemotional behaviour is limited and inconsistent.
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Great North Run 

The Great North Run occurred on 7th September
A team of 25 health visitors ably supported by Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Nurse Director, Health Education England and Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) Trustees Professors Sally Kendall and Ros Bryar ran in the Great North Run on 7th Sept 2014, the world’s largest half marathon. The inspiring team were raising money for the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and the NSPCC for a much needed research programme to improve the lives of very young children.
They are now invited to tea with the Major of Hull for their fantastic achievements.

New survey

Help Ready Steady Mums to complete their national survey

The Ready Steady Mums research team is managing a national survey to help inform the medical and healthcare community about the attitudes and habits of pre and postnatal women regarding exercise. The survey can be done online.

Coming very soon!

New iHV Champions Training in Infant Mental Health and Experts Training on Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding
Dates for this exciting new training will be going up on the website in the next week. We are still seeking some venues so please contact us if you would like to host some of this training locally. We are still seeking free or cheap but good training venues in Kent, Leeds area, Derby area, London. If you think you can help please contact info@ihv.org.uk 

New Reports

This LGA report is intended to provide a starting point and framework for local discussions about how to join up services for children and young people around their needs and aspirations. It sets out four shared ambitions for children and groups ‘core measures’ underneath them.

Employing nurses in local authorities: RCN guidance
This new guidance has been developed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in collaboration with colleagues from the Local Government Association (LGA) in order to support nurses employed in local authorities and those employing them.

The state of the world's children 2014: every child counts. Revealing disparities, advancing children’s rights
This UNICEF report highlights the critical role data and monitoring play in realizing children’s rights. Presents economic and social statistics on the countries and areas of the world, with particular reference to children’s well-being.


TB, BCG and your baby leaflet (Updated)
This leaflet describes the BCG vaccination that is given to babies who are considered to be at risk from tuberculosis.

Newborn Screening Update
A new leaflet is now available on -
The six antenatal and newborn screening programmes:
o Sickle cell and thalassaemia
o Fetal anomaly screening, including trisomy 21 and fetal anomaly ultrasound
o Infectious diseases in pregnancy: HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis and rubella susceptibility
o Newborn blood spot
o Newborn hearing
o Newborn and infant physical examination

This resource can be used by screening coordinators to provide information to health professionals, facilitate induction sessions for new staff, refresher courses and other updating sessions. It can also be used as a self-directed induction pack. It includes:
·  essential screening facts
·  practical information


The Healthy Child Programme review at age 2-2½ and ASQ-3â„¢ 
The Department of health is writing to all health visiting leads in area teams to highlight the Government’s plans to introduce a public health outcome measure showing child development at age 2-2½ from April 2015 and the action that health visiting teams need to take to ensure they are well prepared. Read the full review here

Best Beginnings: Download the Big Lottery funded Baby Buddy app for free on iOS and Android now
Download and give feedback on version 1.0 of Baby Buddy, created to support young parents in their physical and emotional transition to parenthood and to help them maximise their babies' health and wellbeing. Healthcare professionals can order free leaflets and posters about Baby Buddy which is endorsed by the RCM, RCPCH, RCOG, RCSLT, CPHVA and iHV. Download the app

New NICE Guidance

New NICE guidance
A new briefing to help local authorities and partner organisations improve the health and well-being of babies, children and young people through effective health visiting is now published. Read it here
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