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We are pleased to announce that this will be our first face-to-face conference since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all looking forward to being able to meet again, network and share ideas together.

The focus of this year’s conference is on reducing health inequalities and strengthening integrated working. We will explore the learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as opportunities to promote health visiting and its role in tackling current public health priorities and improving outcomes for babies, children and families.

Our conference programme will bring together local, national, and international experts and speakers who are focused on strengthening health visiting practice through sharing the latest evidence, research, and practice examples.

Booking details will be shared shortly but, in the meantime, please hold 15 September 2022 in your diaries!

Call for abstracts

The iHV is delighted to offer you the opportunity to present your practice or research at our 2022 annual evidence-based practice (EBP) conference – “Together | Fairer |  Stronger” on 15 September 2022 at King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester.

We encourage submissions that support the overall theme of the conference to reduce inequalities.

We are interested to hear from researchers, educators and clinicians who have led work in the following areas from across all nations of the UK (non-UK applicants will also be considered and should demonstrate transferable learning):

  • Integration: Innovations in health visiting practice or service delivery models that can demonstrate impact within integrated/ ‘whole system’ public health approaches to addressing health inequalities. We are keen to showcase examples from across all nations of the UK.
  • Improving access/ reducing inequalities: We are particularly interested in submissions that improve the experience and outcomes of health visiting service users who encounter obstacles accessing health care, and/ or people with protected characteristics – for example: people from minoritised ethnic groups; people with disabilities; LGBTQI+ women and people; families experiencing homelessness; domestic abuse; substance misuse problems; mental illness and mental health problems; and safeguarding.
  • Conference themes may include, but are not limited to, the current priority public health topics for health visitors and health visiting skill-mix teams:
    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
  • We would be delighted to receive applications from community nursery nurses and all other health visiting practitioners who support babies and young children. We will be holding a special concurrent session for these valued roles.

Please see Abstract Submission Guidelines and Timeline below for further details on how and when to submit.

Abstract Submission Guidelines and Timeline

We invite you to submit an abstract for consideration for:

  • Oral presentation (keynote/ concurrent session)
  • Oral Poster presentation

Abstract format:

  • No more than 20 words in the title
  • No longer than 350 words
  • No references included in the text
  • Written in English
  • It must include the following sections:
    • Background
    • Aim
    • Methods
    • Results/ outcomes – these must be applicable to the field of health visiting
    • Conclusions and recommendations.
  • Please state your full name, designation and contact details
  • Please state whether you would like to be considered for:
    • Oral presentation (keynote/ concurrent session)
    • Oral Poster presentation

Please submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word document to [email protected]

Abstract Timeline:

  • Submissions: The abstract submission deadline is Monday 4 April 2022.
  • Notifications: After an iHV peer-review process, participants will be informed of acceptance of abstracts for either oral keynote/ concurrent presentation, or poster presentation, by Friday 29 April 2022.


  • Full guidance on the oral presentation and poster presentation delivery format will be provided if your abstract is accepted.
  • It is important that you book to secure your conference place on or before the final registration deadline for accepting your offer to present.
  • Only the accepted abstracts of fully registered and paid presenters will be included in the final programme.
  • You will need to register by 29 July 2022 at the latest.
  • Presenters of accepted abstracts will be eligible for a preferential conference delegate rate of £100 (available until 29 July 2022)
  • Please note that our booking system is not yet live – so in the meantime, please hold the date in your diary – 15 September 2022 at King’s House in Manchester.

Conference Aim and Objectives


To integrate the best research evidence with clinical expertise and parent/carer values to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities for babies, children, and families.


  • To hear and learn the latest evidence and research on key public health priorities for babies, children, and families
  • To equip health visitors and practitioners working in health visiting teams with new knowledge and skills to address key challenges in prevention and early intervention work to reduce inequalities
  • To hear about the latest national developments for health visiting
  • To further expand on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected babies, young children and their families, health visiting and other family services
  • To hear and learn from cutting edge researchers, national and local experts, and parents/carers
  • To gain insight into how place-based, multi-professional, integrated working can give every baby the best start in life and reduce inequalities
  • To hear about recommendations for policy and practice
  • To gain CPD points to support NMC revalidation
  • To meet face-to-face and have networking opportunities with peers to further develop relationships and share best practice.


Our 2022 annual evidence-based practice (EBP) conference – “Together –  Fairer –  Stronger” will be held at King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester.

Event Details

iHV Evidence-based Practice Conference 2022

1 day conference


Event Date

Thursday 15 September 2022

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