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Evidence-based Practice Conference 2018

Our evidence-based practice conference – promoting “The Best Start in Life” – takes places in Manchester on 7 March 2018.

This promises to be an exciting and inspirational day! Join us to be inspired by a fantastic line-up of speakers. Learn from the latest evidence. And become the best health visitor you can be!

This conference provides an excellent opportunity for UK-wide health visitors, practice educators, SCPHN lecturers, early years workers and SCPHN students to develop their role in supporting the “Best Start in Life” for all children. It will be of interest to colleagues from the international community who are working within this arena. It provides a unique opportunity for an intense day of accredited CPD that is perfect towards revalidation and furthering the positive impact of your practice.

The iHV has gathered national speakers to provide practice-related updates from the latest research evidence, specialist practice, NICE guidance and beyond. There will also be papers and posters from health visitor peers, and academics sharing their recent research and innovation. We are also pleased to confirm our latest speaker – Lord Willis of Knaresborough on Genomics for health visitors – endless opportunities.

Building on Hall 4, Health for All Children 5 will be published in the late spring or early summer – this conference will be an opportunity to be introduced to some of the new guidance that will be included, as some of the sessions will be delivered by chapter authors.

Conference Aim

To provide practitioners with the latest evidence and learning to support them when promoting the Best Start in Life for all children.

Conference Objectives

  1. To provide evidence-based updates on a range of key public health issues that impact on ensuring every child has the Best Start in Life.
  2. To provide evidence-based updates for a range of minor illnesses and conditions in childhood
  3. To support working in partnership with parents, carers and the wider early years workforce through the acquisition of new evidence-based practice
  4. To provide opportunities for reflection, networking and sharing of best practice
  5. To gain an early insight into the recommendations expected from Health for All Children (Hall) 5 due to be published in late Spring

Programme Highlights

Key notes

  • Hall 5, What’s new?
  • A Better Start – where are we now?
  • Tackling Inequalities in Health – what works?
  • Common minor illness and conditions expert panel
  • Parent and carer voices
  • Genomics for health visitors

A wide range of concurrent sessions to choose from including:

  • Prescribing – current practice
  • Immunisation – where are we now and what’s emerging next?
  • Childhood nutrition
  • Oral health and sugar reduction
  • Getting families active
  • Atopic conditions in early childhood
  • Infantile Hemangioma – latest guidance
  • Early identification of childhood disorders
  • Speech, language and communication delay
  • ASQ learning from the research with HV
  • Non-specific learning difficulties
  • Reflective parenting
  • Empowering Parents, Empowering Children (EPEC)
  • Safeguarding for The Best Start in Life
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sleep
  • Working with couple relationships

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lord Willis of Knaresborough
  • Dr Alan Edmond – Professor of Community Child Health and Editor of Health for All Children 5
  • Eustace De Sousa – National Lead, Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England
  • Dr Angela Donkin – Deputy Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity
  • Professor Helen Bedford – Professor of Children’s Health, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • Lynn Swift – Programme Lead SCPHN, Northumbria University
  • Sandra White, National Lead for Dental Public Health, Public Health England
  • Dr Helen Crawley – Director, First Steps Nutrition Trust
  • Jack Shakespeare – Head of UK Active Kids, UK Active
  • Claire Thompson – North East England Nature Partnership
  • Dr David Cremonesini – Paediatrician, Cambridgeshire Trust
  • Dr Henriette van Ruiten – Clinical Research Associate, Newcastle University
  • Mr Tobian Muir – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, South Tees NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Crispin Day – Centre for Parent and Child Support Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Research Unit, King’s College London
  • Dr Sheila Redfern – Consultant Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist and Head of Service: Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment,  Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Louise Marsland –Paediatric Continence Advisor, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle
  • Dr Claire Stewart – Paediatric Registrar in Community Paediatrics, Wembley Centre for Health and Care
  • Theresa Redmond – Lead Professional Advisor, The Communication Trust
  • Karen Gazeley – Auditory Verbal Therapist and Teacher of the Deaf, Auditory Verbal UK
  • Dr Sue Peckover – Reader in Public Health Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Emeritus Professor Ian St James-Roberts – Professor in Development Psychology, UCL Institute of Education
  • Jane Appleton – Professor in Primary and Community Care, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr Cheryll Adams – Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed.

It is important that you book to secure your conference place on or before the final registration deadline for accepting your offer to present.


Delegate fees:

Conference rate includes full attendance at the conference and includes all refreshments, lunch and delegate materials.

Standard rate Special offer*

when booking 2 or more places

iHV members

£95 £75
Non-members £125


SCPHN student –

iHV members

£45 n/a
SCPHN student –




*Special offer applies to new bookings only and only when booking 2 or more non-student delegate places – quote group discount code “IHV2018



Photography, audio and video recording

By registering to attend the iHV evidence-based practice conference 2018, you grant permission to the Institute of Health Visiting to take and use your photo and/or video in marketing and promotional pieces, written publications, videos, and on the iHV website for an indefinite period of time.

Event Details

Evidence-based Practice Conference 2018

One day conference

King’s House Conference Centre, King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester M1 7HB

Suitable for:

For all health visitors in practice UK-wide

practice educators

SCPHN lecturers

early years workers

SCPHN students

Event Date

Wednesday 7 March 2018

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