Autumn has proved a time for reflection as we approach our first birthday. A year ago we certainly couldnâ€™t have predicted that we would be where we are now.
We are thrilled at how much in demand the iHV already is. There is so much to be done in the health visiting world that we think that we are going to be busy for a long time.
Our focus remains on strengthening the quality and consistency of health visiting but to a large extent this first year has had to focus on laying down our processes as a new charity and establishing relationships with the many organisations who have an interest in the work of the health visitor.
Latterly however, we have had the opportunity to deliver on a number of projects, and have greatly enjoyed doing so. Further details are later in the newsletter.
This has been a very challenging year for the NHS with new structures and organisations now sharing the responsibilities for delivering effective health visiting services. We will play our part in actively working with all of these on behalf of the profession and in supporting the upcoming transition to local authority commissioning of health visiting services which is expected to accelerate in 2014.
Dr Cheryll Adams
Founding Director, iHV