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.
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 Yearâ€™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.
In 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