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What is the aim of the HVAF?

The iHV HVAF was established in 2021 – it aims to:

  • Provide a voice from practice to help the iHV reflect the views of our members in our work
  • Bring insight into health visiting practice priorities
  • Provide expert professional advice and guidance
  • Support quality assurance and quality improvement of iHV resources through selected peer review on areas of interest
  • Provide a forum for HVAF members to discuss new ideas, suggestions for innovation, and bring constructive challenge.

iHV HVAF membership

  • Our HVAF members are all members of the iHV and hold a current registration with the NMC as a SCPHN health visitor.
  • HVAF membership is a 3-year term.
  • HVAF members are recruited through an open selection process with expressions of interest.
  • The current HVAF members will end their first term in early 2024.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the HVAF, look out for our open recruitment announcements in our newsletter and on social media.

How often does the HVAF meet?

Meetings are held 4-times a year, with one face-to-face meeting. The HVAF is chaired and facilitated by Georgina Mayes (iHV Policy and Quality Lead) alongside Diane Massey (iHV Head of Professional Services) and Amanda Holland (iHV Professional Services Lead).

Our HVAF positions are voluntary roles, however there are many benefits of being an iHV HVAF member. Here is what some of our members say they enjoy about the role:

“I enjoy meeting other professionals, I enjoy peer reviewing the materials we are given, I enjoy being involved in helping to set the agenda for the future of the profession”

“The HVAF offers a fantastic opportunity to support evidence base practice and shape priorities within a very challenging work environment”

“I feel it’s really important to have given a voice to the HV at the ‘coal face’ and that my experience may support decisions and policies going forward”

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