ISSUE NO 3, 2013




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 Summmer Newsletter


Although we are not sure the weather matches the date!  We are delighted by how the iHV has been embraced by health visitors and others, making clear that there was a need for an organization such as ours to focus on supporting the art and science of health visiting. 
Many health visitors and others are joining us as associates or friends; also, increasing numbers of employers are showing interest in our corporate scheme. They are realizing the advantages it will bring not only to the individual health visitor, but also to the employer as all their staff will be able to access the latest evidence based information to inform their practice and have the additional motivation of working alongside the iHV as it develops. All their staff joined receive our monthly iHV Times which is packed with up to date research and other information.  Central Surrey Health are our latest corporate joiner. 
Professor Dame Sarah Cowley, one of our founding trustees, went to the palace this month for her investiture.  It was wonderful to see her photos – the celebrations continue for our new Health Visiting Dame!

Dr Cheryll Adams, Director, iHV

Recent iHV activities
Healthy Young Minds, Healthy Societies

Our first conference in June was deemed a resounding success with 80% of those attending saying it was excellent and 20% that is was good.  We received many very positive comments including:

  • ‘All speakers very interesting - a very full day which is so relevant to practice.’ 
  • ‘An excellent event of which my organisation sent 8 attendees. Excellent value with good PDP opportunity and networking’
  • ‘I feel optimistic for future with the implementation of the INSITUTE OF HEALTH VISITING!’
  • ‘A fantastic day - thank you’
  •  ‘Very interesting study day - well organised and delivered.  Thank you.’
  • ‘I look forward to more conferences from IHV’

Further details on website

Perinatal Mental Health Champions

The iHV were delighted to win a tender from the Department of Health to deliver training in perinatal mental health, to health visitors across England. 

The training has been designed to be cascaded, with those trained by the iHV becoming our champions and receiving ongoing support from the iHV for 12 months. 

The training will be supported by e-learning to be published soon on the E-learning for Health website.  Training has so far taken place in Ipswich, Guildford, Preston and Warwick with future venues: London, Derby, Newcastle, Leeds, Warrington and Bristol.  A few places remain.  For more information:

Preceptor’s Charter

We undertook this piece of work on behalf of the Department of Health to support those new health visitors entering the workforce.  The charter outlines the best practice quality markers for these new health visitors. 

It will help them to:
  •  Adjust into their new professional role
  •  Fulfil their role as an independent, autonomous and innovative health visitor during their first year of employment
The charter highlights the features of an effective preceptorship programme, an efficient professional environment and an executive board committed to preceptorship.  The charter is downloadable from the website


The iHV has undertaken a review and update of the SAFER document for the Department of Health.  This document was originally written for the Department in 2010 by iHV Director, Dr Cheryll Adams.  It is designed to support more effective and efficient social care referrals of children who may be at risk of significant harm.  Launched at the first Public Health England Conference on June 26th it is downloadable from the iHV website.   Hard copies will also be made available at iHV and Department of Health attended events.
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 0207265 7318.

iHV supplies local training for health visitors

If you are needing 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. 

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Congratulations to Professor Dame Sarah Cowley

Professor Dame Sarah Cowley, one of our founding trustees, went to the palace this month for her investiture.  It was wonderful to see her photos – the celebrations continue for our new Health Visiting Dame!


Meet the iHV - Regional Child Health Forums

The iHV are attending a series of Child Health Region Forums across the UK this year.  The next dates are:

24th September – South Birmingham
8th October – Manchester
Making a Difference

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

Other News

iHV voices
The iHV is launching a new section on the website where we will publish comment and reflection on pertinent issues for health visitors. Initial access will be open to all, but it will be necessary to become an associate to access the archive.

Working with the Boots Family Trust
We are continuing to work with the Boots Family Trust, Netmums, Tommy's and the RCM on a range of projects to promote the needs of mothers at risk of developing or suffering from perinatal mental illness and expect to launch a new preventative tool for parents in the autumn.

Working with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Together with other alliance partners we have recently advised on a successful bid to the Royal College of General Practitioners to create an RCGP clinical champion for perinatal mental health.
We were also represented at a ministerial round table to discuss the outcomes of the new NSPCC document Prevention in Mind, which provides a spotlight on perinatal mental health.

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

Other items:
The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships are offering free help to separated or divorced parents who are in conflict about matters to do with their child.

Eligible parents are invited to take part in the Parents in Conflict study, a randomised control trial investigating different ways to help separated or divorced parents collaborate better for the children’s wellbeing. For more information see their website:

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