Our Mission 

To be a Centre of Excellence,

  • supporting the development of universally high quality health visiting practice,
  • so that health visitors can effectively respond to the health needs of all children, families and communities,
  • enabling them to achieve their optimum level of health, thereby reducing health inequalities.


Welcome to our Spring Newsletter


We have had a very successful first four months here at the iHV.  We have many new friends, several hundred health visitor associates, and even some corporate joiners.  This will help to provide us with essential core funding for our activities as we move forwards. We have also been thrilled by the wide interest in the iHV, with the website welcoming over 7000 unique users in the short time since our launch in November.  We are  constantly forging new relationships with organizations with an interest in health visiting.   These will help us to ensure the reach and significance of our work as we move forward.

We are taking every opportunity to speak directly to the health visiting profession about what this new organization can offer them.  As the number of health visitors in practice starts to increase dramatically, as it will this year, with literally thousands of students completing their training, at last health visiting will be better placed to be able to demonstrate the difference it can make to the health and well being of children and families.  The iHV will be here to be a resource to support their practice – this will be particularly important for new health visitors as they find their feet.

The iHV continues to have 2 specific clinical focuses, their sleep campaign and work on perinatal depression, we are working with partners on both to ensure our reach.  These are two areas of significant practice concern where we will be providing health visitors with new resources for working with their families whilst also ensuring that the public health implications of these issues are conspicuous to a wider audience.
It is fair to say that we now feel very confident about our future.  The response to our activities has supported and validated our belief that there is a need for an organization such as the iHV.  

Dr Cheryll Adams
Founding Director, iHV

iHV secures tender with the Department of Health


We are delighted to have been successful in two tenders.  These are with the Department of Health to provide training in the assessment and management of perinatal depression to health visitors across England, and as a subcontractor with the National Children’s Bureau to do research on the 2 1/2 integrated review on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust - First Corporate Joiners

The Corporate joining facility with iHV is proving popular with employers as it provides an opportunity for all their health visitors, all their students, all their SPTs or indeed all of these to be joined to the iHV as a group thereby ensuring that all have access to our rapidly developing facilities.  

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust have been the first to join all their 114 health visitors to the scheme. Contact Cheryll Adams at if you think your organization might also like to consider corporate associate membership.


NNRU'S "Why Health Visiting Report?

The National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London has carried out a review of the literature about key health visitor interventions, processes and outcomes for children and families. The overall message from the research is that health visitors can have a positive impact on health and add value, but that its effectiveness is reliant on particular forms of practice. Successful health visiting practice requires a suitably skilled and trained workforce, delivering services that are organized in a particular way and delivering proven programmes and interventions to promote health and well-being. The full report, appendices including an annotated bibliography and a short summary 'Policy'' are all available through this link  

iHV Director advises on the next Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) Report

Dr Cheryll Adams recently represented the iHV to advise on the content of the next CMO public health report.  It will focus on giving children the best start in life.

Public Health Experience

iHV are working with Professor Muir Gray and other public health experts to build a database of successful projects.  If you have led such a project please consider submitting it, the process is very simple.  For further details: .

Return to health visiting - realising the potential

This conference was held on the 27th of March at City University.  Its purpose was to celebrate the success of the ‘Return to Practice’ programme and for  health visitors to share what they are currently doing since returning to the profession. 
At the event,  Dr Cheryll Adams, Director of the iHV presented on ‘Rejuvenating and developing Health Visiting through the Institute of Health Visiting’.  She outlined the role and vision for the iHV to rejuvenate the profession by addressing issues such as the need to improve the public and professional status of Health Visitors, address the minimal research base, revisit the education content and length of training and the integration of new evidence.


iHV Sleep Campaign

We have now held our first very successful master class on the assessment of sleep difficulties in London. We are also developing a number of resources for associate members which will soon be on the website. Our sleep survey has had a very good response with over 800 completing it.  Additional activities will be launched over the next few months based on the results of the survey.


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Healthy Young Minds Healthy Communities

Join the iHV at their first conference  on the 6th of June 2013 in London

Amazing speaker line up includes:
  • Lord Victor Adebowale (CEO of Turning Point),
  • Andrea Leadsom MP (Chair, WAVE Early Year’s Champions),
  • Sue Gerhardt (author of ‘Why Love Matters’),
  • Dr Jonathan Campion (Institute of Psychiatry),
  • Professor Martin Knapp (London School of Economics),
  • Professor Dame Sarah Cowley (iHV),
  • George Hosking (WAVE Trust),
  • Professor Jane Barlow (University of Warwick),
  • Professor Vivette Glover (Expert on the effects of stress on children).

Further details here

Making a Difference

The iHV will be represented at this international public health nursing conference, why don’t you consider coming too. It will provide an opportunity to learn about health visiting/public health nursing around the world.

Further details here

Come and meet the iHV 

The iHV hopes to attend a series of Child Health Region Forums across the UK.  

The next dates are:

  • April 23rd – Belfast
  • May 14th – Cardiff


Other News

Conception to age 2 - the age of opportunity

This important new report from WAVE Trust and DfE has just been launched:  

The iHV Director, Dr Cheryll Adams was an advisor and part of the development group.   

This report includes a plethora of evidence of value to health visitors and is driving the need for health visitors to be better prepared and able to support the development of infant mental health and address perinatal depression – every health visitor and those with an interest in promoting emotional wellbeing in childhood should read it.

Training where you are!

The iHV is developing a training  programme on assessment and interventions for sleep difficulties in infants and pre-school children. This can be delivered where you are.  For further details email
Perinatal depression survey

Thank you to all health visitors who has taken the time to complete this survey.  We have been thrilled at the large numbers contributing with over 1300 health visitors and over 100 family nurses taking part.  

With respect to perinatal depression we are now working with the Boots Family Trust, Netmums, Tommy's and the RCM to ensure that the information we have gathered is used to improve services in this important area, the survey results have been very revealing.  More information will be in the press in April/May.

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