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Evidence-Based Practice Conference 2020

Creating Healthy Children, 2020 and beyond

12 and 13 May 2020, Manchester

Due to popular demand, our evidence-based practice conference in May 2020 is now two days!

And bookings are now open!

Our conference programme brings together local, national and international speakers focused on sharing best practice examples and research to improve health visiting practice for babies, children and families. The presentations and workshops will reflect the breadth of health visiting practice and service development reflected primarily in the 15 High Impact Areas and 8 Key Principles set out in our recently published “Vision for the Future”.

The conference will also coincide with the 2020 anniversary celebrations of Florence Nightingale’s birth and we are keen to incorporate advances in public health nursing in recognition of Florence’s founding role in this field of nursing.

Being held in Manchester, this conference will provide you with the latest guidance and recommendations relating to infant and family public health from leading professionals and experts!

We always seek to ensure our activities comply with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative – our events are not and never will be sponsored by the formula milk industry. 

Call for abstracts

The iHV is delighted to offer you the opportunity to present your practice development or research at our latest evidence-based practice conference – Creating healthy children: 2020 and beyond.

Abstract topics

Abstracts should be centred on public health, families, health visiting and relationships and aim to address at least one of the key elements of excellence in practice: personalised, collaborative, effective, evidence-driven, responsive, accessible, fairer and professional autonomy.

Abstracts will be considered on the following areas:

  1. Transition to parenthood, including preconception care
  2. Breastfeeding
  3. Perinatal mental health (mothers, fathers and partners)
  4. Infant and child mental health
  5. Healthy nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight
  6. Managing minor illnesses, building health literacy and prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  7. Reducing unintentional injuries
  8. The uptake of immunisations
  9. Primary prevention and health promotion in oral health
  10. Child development 0-5 years, including speech, language and communication and school readiness
  11. Sleep
  12. Children with developmental disorders, disabilities and complex health needs
  13. Tobacco, alcohol and substance misuse in the perinatal period
  14. Healthy couple relationships
  15. Teenage parenthood

Abstract format:

  • The abstract should be no more than 300 words and provide an overview of your practice development or research, clearly indicating the impact on health visiting practice.
  • Please structure your abstract as follows:
    • aim
    • objectives
    • method
    • results
    • conclusion
    • recommendations
  • Also, please tell us whether you would like to present this as an oral presentation or e-poster.
  • Please submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word document to [email protected]

Abstract Timeline:

  • The abstract submission deadline is 17 February 2020.
  • After an iHV peer-review process, participants will be informed of acceptance of abstracts for either oral presentation or a poster by 9 March 2020.

Full guidance on the e-poster and oral presentation delivery format will be provided if your abstract is successful.

Please note:

It is important that you book to secure your conference place on or before accepting your offer to present and at the latest by 1 April 2020.

Please note that our booking system is not yet live – so in the meantime, please submit your abstract/s but also hold the dates in your diary – 12 and 13 May 2020!


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jeanelle De Gruchy – DPH Tameside and President of the Association of Directors of Public Health
  • Linda Magistris – CEO of The Good Grief Trust
  • Merle Davies – CEO of A Better start, Blackpool
  • Tim Hobbs – Chief Executive, Dartington Service Design Lab
  • James McTaggart, Early Years Psychologist, Highland Council

Our comprehensive programme is currently in the process of being confirmed. Once completed, it will published here.

Delegate fees and how to book

Please see below for our delegate ticket prices:


Our booking page has now launched!

In order to purchase conference ticket(s) please click here and you will be taken to our online booking page.

*The conference fee includes registration for the day(s) of the conference you have  booked onto, conference materials, lunch and refreshments. The conference fee does not include travel, accommodation or dinner. For more information on accommodation options please see page below.

In the meantime, should you have any queries with regards to any aspect of booking, please contact the iHV Events team by email to [email protected] or by phone to (0) 207 265 7352.


By completing a transaction via our Evidence-based Practice conference 2020 booking page, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

1.The price of your ticket includes complimentary refreshments, lunch and conference materials.

2. Registrations can only be accepted on receipt of a completed Eventbrite booking or, with regards to the organisational group discount for a free delegate place, an online claim form.

3. An Eventbrite booking constitutes a legally binding agreement to pay any invoices raised associated with registration including any cancellation fees as detailed below.

4. No paper or electronic tickets will be issued for this event.

5. If you choose to pay for your ticket(s) by credit/debit card, following completion of the Eventbrite booking, your place at the conference will be confirmed immediately.

6. If you choose to pay for your ticket(s) by invoice, your place at the conference will only be reserved. Your place is not guaranteed until full payment has been received. Note that all invoices raised require a £10 admin fee.

7.All invoices and cheques must be processed/paid prior to the event. Failure to do so may lead to your entrance to the conference being refused.

8. We will write to all confirmed delegates around 2 weeks prior to the event with further information. If you have not heard from us by 28th April 2020, it is your responsibility to contact us to ensure your place is booked.

9.Cancellations will be accepted in writing BY EMAIL ONLY; verbal cancellations will not be accepted at any time. Should you need to cancel, please send your cancellation request to [email protected]

10.Cancellations received on/prior to 5pm on Friday 10th April 2020 will be refunded in full subject to a £10 administration fee; any outstanding invoices awaiting payment at the time of cancellation are subject to the same terms and conditions.

11. Cancellations received after 5pm on Friday 10th April 2020 will not be refunded. However, you can transfer your booked place to a colleague but MUST notify us in writing of any name changes by email to [email protected] AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. You will need to confirm the title, name, job title, employing organisation and email address of the new attendee together with any dietary or other requirements.

12. In the unlikely event that the Conference is cancelled by the iHV due to unforeseen circumstances, the ticket cost will be refunded in full (via the original payment method) but any travel or accommodation arranged by the delegate shall not be covered/refunded.

13. By submitting an Eventbrite booking, you agree to these iHV booking terms and conditions which incorporates the Eventbrite privacy policy and terms of service.

14. The iHV reserve the right to make necessary changes to the conference programme (which may include speakers).

15. By booking a place/places at this conference, you agree to the iHV’s privacy policy. Subsequently, your details will be stored on our secure database and you may be contacted from time to time. Should you not wish us to contact you following your attendance at this event, please email [email protected]



Venue Information

Our Evidence-based Practice conference 2020 is being held in Manchester at King’s House Conference Centre. The full address is provided below along with a map and directions to the venue.

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

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Kings House map and directions

Accommodation in Manchester

Accommodation assistance

We are pleased to offer our delegates assistance in booking their accommodation in Manchester. Marketing Manchester Convention Bureau is the official accommodation provider for Institute of Health Visiting’s evidence-based practice conference 2020.

All rooms are held on an on-line system, allowing you to book and secure your own accommodation using either pro-forma invoices or credit/debit card. Card is used as guarantee only and payment will be taken on arrival. If you require any assistance with your reservation, support is available via the Accommodation Booking Team.

To book your accommodation for this event, please use the following link:

Negotiated delegate rates will be available to book until the end of the day on 15 April 2020, so please book as soon as possible to guarantee a room. If you have any queries about the website, please contact Marketing Manchester Convention Bureau.


If you have any queries or wish to book over the phone, please contact Marketing Manchester on +44 (0)161 238 4563 or email [email protected]

About Manchester

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We are currently in the process of confirming our inspirational key note speakers and concurrent speakers.

Once they are confirmed, their details will be published on this page.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jeanelle De Gruchy – DPH Tameside and President of the Association of Directors of Public Health
  • Linda Magistris – CEO of The Good Grief Trust
  • Merle Davies – CEO of A Better start, Blackpool
  • Tim Hobbs – Chief Executive, Dartington Service Design Lab
  • James McTaggart, Early Years Psychologist, Highland Council


Want to join us?

Exhibit with us and maximise your organisation’s interaction to a wide public health audience of health visitors and those who work with them.

Additional promotional opportunities:

Give your brand full exposure throughout our 2-day conference. Please see below the options available.

  • Main conference sponsor
  • Delegate pack insert
  • Featured exhibitor in brochure
  • Lunch sponsorship
  • Exclusive delegate bag sponsorship/badge & Lanyard

If you wish to discuss our exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact us via [email protected]

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Event Details

Evidence-Based Practice Conference 2020

2 day conference


£75 - £235

Event Date

Tuesday 12 May 2020

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