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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.
Meet the HVAF team members

Amanda Hall

Bank Health Visitor/Family nurse partnership, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

Andrea Maria Fernandez Ferrer

Student SCPHN, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Ann Chadwick

Clinical Lead for the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Anne-Marie Paulin

Health Visitor, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, New Forest East and Romsey

Audrey Lewis

Practice Development Nurse (PDN) Children services, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Betheny Oakes (Co-chair)

Health Visitor, Swindon Borough Council

Bethany Boddy

Health Visitor, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Carla Baldwin

Regional Infant Feeding Lead, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Cathy Martin

Community Nursery Nurse, Achieving for Children health visiting

Ceri Allen

Health Visitor, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Christopher Sweeney

Research fellow, University of Edinburgh

David Midwinter

Community Practice Educator, 0-19 Children’s Health, Lincolnshire County Council

Elaine Coppard

Community Nursery Nurse, Achieving for Children Health Visiting

Emma Cavenay

SCPHN HV, University of South Wales

Emma Jane Cushnan

Health In Pregnancy Assistant Practitioner, Walsall NHS Healthcare Trust

Emma Tucker

Education Lead Health Visiting, Kent Community Health NHS Trust

Gayle De Souza

0 -19 Healthy Child Programme Team Lead, Shropshire Community Health Trust Telford 0 -19 HCP Public Health Nursing Service

Jane Terry

Flying Start Health Visitor, Hywel Dda Health Board

Jasmin Burgess

Transitional Health Visitor, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Jemma Scott

Health Visitor Roma Link HV, Kent Community Health Foundation Trust

Jen Menzies

Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University/South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Jennifer Blakstad

Health Visitor, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Jenny Gilmour

0 – 19 Service Development Lead, Tower Hamlets GP Care Group CIC

Kathy Pelc

Health Visitor Specialist Practice Teacher, London Borough of Sutton

Keri Christie

Deputy Professional Lead for HCP 0-19 Service, Walsall Healthcare Trust

Leonie Boniface (nee Grundy)

Health Visitor, Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Maria Somers

Health Visitor, Western Health and Social Care Trust (N.I)

Rachel Costis

Operational Manager for Public Health Nursing, 0-19 Public Health Nursing, Swindon Borough Council

Rebecca Cross

Health Visitor, Cornwall Council

Robert Nettleton

NMC QA visitor, MottMacDonald/NMC

Sarah Cartner (Co- chair)

Sexual Health Lead, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Cooke

Clinical Change Lead, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust

Sarah House

Health Visitor, Team Coordinator, CONI coordinator and PIMH champion, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

Sharon Reeve

Specialist Health Visitor for Homeless Families, Southend City Council

Shirley Adebayo

Professional Developmental Lead Community 0-19 Services, North Middlesex University Hospital

Vicky Hunter

Team Leader Health Visiting, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

iHV HVAF membership

  • Our HVAF members are all members of the iHV. Members hold a current registration with the NMC as a SCPHN health visitor or are practitioners who currently work in health visiting teams.
  • HVAF membership is a 3-year term.
  • HVAF members are recruited through an open selection process with expressions of interest.

How often does the HVAF meet?

Meetings are held 4-times a year, with one face-to-face meeting. The HVAF is chaired by Georgina Mayes (iHV Health Visiting Professional Lead (Quality and Policy)) and co-chaired with Sarah Cartner and Beth Oakes (iHV HVAF members).

Our HVAF positions are voluntary roles, however there are many benefits of being an iHV HVAF member. Here is what some of our HVAF members have said 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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