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The Team

  • Vicky Gilroy RGN, RSCN, RHV, PGCE, MSc, FIHV – Head of Projects and Evaluation
  • Victoria Jackson, RCN, SCPHN-HV – Senior Programme Manager – Projects and Evaluation
  • Sally Shillaker MSC RN Adult & Child SCPHN – Professional Development Officer – Good Practice Points and Parent Tips Institute of Health Visiting
  • Lisa Jacobs – Membership and Publications Coordinator
  • Julie Cooper – Communications and Marketing Manager, Institute of Health Visiting
  • Gemma O’Neil – Marcomms & Projects Team Administrator

Prince2 Principles

Vicky Gilroy is a PRINCE2 practitioner and oversees the principles being embedded within all our projects.  The principles we include are:

  • Continued Business Justification – each project has clearly identified aims, with a clear outline of deliverables and timelines for completion. These are developed in discussion with the project stakeholders/funders.
  • Learn from Experience – we value feedback and evaluation, seeking this out. We gather feedback from our stakeholders throughout our projects, this includes feedback from any training delivered and the co-production approaches to develop resources. All feedback and evaluations feed into the current project and influence our approach to the next, ensuring we are meeting the needs of our stakeholders.
  • Defined Roles and Responsibilities – Each member of the Projects and Evaluation Team has a distinct role and responsibility, with an understanding of each other’s role to ensure projects can continue if someone is absent.
  • Manage by Stages – All projects are managed using a project plan which is split into 5 distinct stages, Inception, scoping, development, dissemination, and evaluation. The project plans are used to allocate tasks and deadlines to team members, ensuring all aspects of the project are monitored and kept on target. Each project plan also has a risk log which is maintained and acted on throughout the life of the project.
  • Manage by Exception – each project is over seen by a steering group or expert advisory group, with meetings every 4-8 weeks depending on the project. This group oversees all aspects of the project including, the development of the deliverables, quality assuring, signing off final versions, and ensures the project stays on time and within scope.  The group will be provided regular highlight reports and overview of the project plan, bringing to light any risks or issues to the project, including delay or cost implications.
  • Focus on Products – the deliverables of the project are kept at the forefront, ensuring a high-quality product is produced on time and at cost at end of the project. Examples of products produced in previous projects included:
    • E-learning
    • Animations and films
    • Quality assured list of resources, policies and guidance related to the project
    • Training, both face to face and virtual
    • Webinars and networking events
    • Good Practice Points and Top Tips for Parents
    • Digital leaflets
    • Case studies and personal stories
    • Cascade training resources
    • Reports – Insights, End of Project and Evaluation
    • Resources to support implementation in other services
    • Project specific imagery
    • Digital toolkits – containing information on a specific topic in a wide range of resources, including those listed above.
  • Tailor to Suit the Project – Many projects produce similar resources; each project is approached as unique and although an idea such as a Digital Toolkit has been used with another project, we do not assume that it is right of the next and therefore discussion with the Steering Group or Expert Advisory Group will ensure that the resources produced are tailored for the project.


Co-production is at the heart of all projects, this starts with the bidding process.  Once we are aware of funding, we can bid for we connect with colleagues, partner organisations and fellow health visitors to ensure it will be a useful fund to bid for.  We then collaborate with subject and field experts including families to define the project parameters and project deliverables.

Once we have been successful in gaining funding, we create the Steering/Expert Advisory Group, which is made up of:

  • Health visitors and their teams
  • Parents/carers
  • Experts – Academics, Medical, Research, and Charity
  • Dependent on the project it may also include:
    • Public Health
    • Early Years
    • School Nurses and their teams
    • National NHS Leads

In the Scoping stage, we will complete surveys and focus/insight groups with health visiting teams and families.  This allows us to gain a full understanding of knowledge and understanding, what the gaps are and what both health visitors and families would like as the outcomes from the project.

In the development stage health visitors and families are involved in the development of resource, this may be sharing their story in a case study or reflection, it may be writing a resource such as a Good Practice Point or Parent Tip, or reviewing the products created to ensure they meet their need.

In the dissemination stage, we will include the family voice in the training/webinar/stakeholder event and ask the health visitors who attend to complete evaluations so that we can see if the training and resources have met the project brief and need which arose in the scoping phase.  This also allows us to identify future areas for development and consider further funding for a topic to support practice.

Interested in working with us

  • The Projects and Evaluation team have many different skills and we can work with you in a variety of ways. This can include consultancy and giving advice on the health visitor practice or reviewing training and resources to ensure they capture the needs of children from preconception to school entry, alternatively, we can fully lead a project. As stated, we are a charity and therefore our time needs to be recognised, Accreditation of resources – rate is £XXX
  • Accreditation of organisations – rate is £XXX

These are a guide price, please contact us via [email protected]