Winter 2014 Newsletter
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Winter 2014 

A Happy New Year to all of our supporters

Our first year proved inconclusively that the iHV is needed and is here to stay.  Although in our infancy (but now beginning to toddle!) we are already finding ourselves referred to in the press as a source of information and expertise for health visitors, which is very gratifying. 

Our numbers of associate members are growing daily and approaching 2000  with many employers beginning to joint all of their health visitors. Our latest exciting news is that all of the health visitors and students in London are to be joined to the iHV corporately. 

iHV trustees at EventiHV Chair, Sally Russell
On December 4th, 2013 we celebrated our first birthday surrounded by friends and supporters and had a very enjoyable evening.
It was particularly special to have three of our associate members talking about their involvement with the iHV. Well done to Melita, Theresa and Wendy, you are our future.

When the New Year’s honours were published they brought the wonderful news that our chair Sally Russell has been awarded an OBE, and Professor Richard Parish, former CEO of the RSPH, who gave us so much help as we set up the iHV was awarded a CBE.  Both of these awards are so well deserved, many congratulations to both of you.
iHV Tink Tank attendeesIn January 2014 the iHV hosted a high level Think Tank supported by NHS England and the Department of Health.  This brought together national leaders with an interest in health visiting to consider how to strengthen the profession and its services for 2015 and beyond.
We have an exciting few months mapped out ahead of us.  We will start to develop our Fellowship scheme to recognize leadership in the profession, and will be greatly increasing our resources for our associate members.  We will also be doing a lot of work around education, especially CPD, and supporting recently qualified health visitors, as this is so important.  Finally we are committed to raft of events - further details of our next conference in February, our domestic violence training and other opportunities to engage with us are below. All this means that we must take on more staff so do watch the website for job opportunities.
 Dr Cheryll Adams
Director, iHV

Cheryll Adams and Sally RusselliHV First Annual report published


If you would like to know more about our very successful first year do read our first Annual Report


iHV seeks experienced project Managers 

The iHV is requiring experienced project managers to support a number of projects over the next few months.Expression of interests and a CV with details of availability should be sent to Cheryll Adams at

Office accommodation

The iHV expects to be seeking office accommodation in central London shortly.  If you are aware of any organisations with spare capacity or of any easily accessible premises that are empty please do share details with Cheryll Adams:

New staff

Sadly, in January we say goodbye to Virginia Gilmour who has given us so much help over the last 9 months and been a great part of last year’s successes.  We welcome Elaine McInnes, a health visitor from Cambridgeshire who will work as a development officer and Heather du Plessis who will be running events.

iHV Domestic Violence and Abuse Training 

Venues still booking in Lincoln, Preston, Newcastle, Cambridge, Warwick, London and a 7th, Guildford. DVA training

Delegates who have attended the training  in London, Bristol and Huddersfield have said the following about the training
 'Very well organised and engaging, knowledgable trainers'

'Good partnership approach of facilitators'

'I think it is brilliant that all the power points, USB sticks/ training materials are all prepared

To book a place on 1-5 see the iHV website.  Further details on London and Guildford to follow.

Important State of Health Visiting Survey

We want to find out what is it really like to be a health visitor today?  What matters most to health visitors? Please help us find out by completing our survey today if you are a practising health visitor, or forward it to your health visitors if you are a manager. The results will be published, shared with policy makers and used to inform our future activities so will directly benefit your health visiting practice.

Hull health visitors to do the Great North Run for the iHV! Will you join them?

Melita WalkerEnterprising iHV Perinatal Mental Health Champions, Melita Walker and Maggie Scargill, have decided that they want to help the iHV raise essential funds and they have the full support of their Trust. 

They are going to do the Great North run.  The catch is that they want YOU to join them!!  Their ambition is to get 101 health visitors running and use it as a great opportunity to raise the profile of the profession. For further details:
Do read Melita Walker's  Voice piece  which tells you how she got involved in the first place and please consider joining up.  If you join now your name goes into a ballot so it just might not get pulled!  For further details:  You can also follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter: 


Have you read our latest Voices pieces.   We welcome contributions about interesting initiatives from any of our supporters - to discuss your ideas please contact Dr Cheryll Adams –

New resources for our Associates

Research section

The iHV has recently expanded our resource section and added new content to our research section.  These resources can only be accessed by our Associates as they are one of the benefits of joining the iHV – a good reason for joining us if you haven’t already.  We are planning an even greater expansion over the next few months including materials for parents, which health visitors can download.

Research Masterclasses

This is a fantastic opportunity for those of you interested in research to attend a masterclass under the guidance of health visitor professors Sally Kendall and Pauline Pearson. These will take place on April 10th in the South and September 18th in the North.  See website for more details.

IT support is at hand

Our current survey of health visiting is demonstrating that almost 60% of health visitors have to share a computer. The new nursing technology fund can help, so do discuss this in your organization and get your application in by April 26th 2014

Job descriptions required

If you have access to a job description for either a perinatal mental health specialist health visitor or an infant mental health specialist health visitor please would you share it with  We are hoping to be supporting some work to look at the feasibility of establishing such roles during 2014.

Perinatal Mental Health: a priority for mental health

This iHV/RSPH conference will consider the effects of perinatal mental illness ante and postnatally on the infant, the mother, the father and on society and how these can be reduced. It will also share some important new national developments in the field, which have been designed to reduce its impact. The day will take a public health perspective to a very common condition suffered by at least one in seven mothers.

Child Health Forums

We are again supporting these evening events as they provide us with a great opportunity to connect with health visitors in 16 venues across the UK.  We won’t promise to attend them all in person but we will have a stand where you can pick up our latest resources at all of them.  We are also looking for Associate members who might be prepared to help us in manning the stands so do get in touch with 

The first dates and venues are:

28th January – Southampton, 
11th February – Leeds, 
4th March – Birmingham City, 
18th March – Hatfield and 
1st April - Belfast

iHV supplies local training for health visitors

If you need to provide local training for your health visitors we may be able to help.  The iHV can supply a range of cost effective training and updating solutions on a range of health visitor related and public health topics in-house. We can also provide speakers for local conferences and professional forums.  Please contact us to discuss your needs: or 0207265 7318.  Recent courses have covered the management of sleep difficulties and perinatal depression. 
NB:  the iHV is currently recruiting specialist/expert trainers to deliver our training programme.  Email your CV to

Kids enjoying Veggies

A new product to solve the dilemma of parents exasperated by their fussy kids at mealtimes has been launched by the charity Weight Concern, based on research from psychologists at UCL. Eating behaviour experts have spent a decade researching the effectiveness of child feeding strategies, resulting in a new pack called Tiny Tastes which has now been tested – with impressive results – and is available online

iHV Consultancy support 

The iHV can now support the NHS, local authorities, other employers of health visitors and others through training, consultancy, the development of health visiting related publications and events. 
Our mission is to improve public health outcomes for children, families and communities through a strengthened health visiting service.  If you are needing to get a piece of research, development, education or other project work done do considering contacting us to discuss (obligation free) how we may be able to help.  Please contact us at or 020 7265 7318.
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