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Institute of Health Visiting transitions to new leadership

Outgoing CEO says: “Government must invest in rebuilding health visiting profession.” The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is preparing to welcome a new Executive Director. Eight years after launching the charity and academic body, iHV’s current Executive Director, Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, wil...

Spotlighting the vital “safety net” that health visitors have provided for babies and young children during the current pandemic

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has published “Making History: health visiting during COVID-19”, a collection of case studies which presents a window into the working lives of health visitors and families navigating the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented tim...

iHV attends maternity roundtable meeting with The Duchess of Cambridge

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) was delighted to be invited to attend a virtual round table meeting about supporting new and expectant mothers with The Duchess of Cambridge this week to highlight the essential work and support that health visitors provide to new mothers. The Duchess of Cam...

Health Visitors and Paediatricians publish advice for parents about the six-week postnatal check during COVID-19

All babies have a routine physical examination between six and eight weeks, but these important appointments may be missed due to the impact of COVID-19. The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have published a guide for parents about sign...

iHV launches COVID-19 professional advice for health visiting

We are delighted to launch a series of COVID-19 professional advice documents today to support the safe and effective delivery of health visiting practice during the global pandemic. These resources have been developed in partnership with Public Health England by the professional team at the Inst...

Health visitors’ fear for children’s wellbeing due to relentless service cuts

Public health budget cuts have left health visiting services unable to offer the minimum level of support in many areas Many health visitors across England have been robbed of their ability to protect vulnerable families by devastating cuts to public health budgets. That is the headline finding o...

What do parents want from a health visiting service?

Continuity of health visitor – someone who knows them as an individual and who they can trust Equity of access to support – receiving all mandated contacts and extra help when needed, regardless of where they live Health visitors remain the most trusted source of information and suppo...

Good News Stories about Health Visiting

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to publish ‘Health visiting - Good practice case studies’ to support our recently issued ‘Health Visiting in England: A Vision for the Future’ - our evidence-based blueprint to rebuild health visiting services. This resource of ten short...

Institute awards two honorary Fellowships as it launches annual report

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce two new honorary Fellows and the launch of its seventh annual report, detailing the progress and many highlights of the iHV over the last year. Professor Mitch Blair and Sir Al Aynsley-Green both received an honorary Fellowship of th...

iHV calls for manifesto pledges for children

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has written an open letter which challenges the main political parties in England to commit to important manifesto pledges for children which it hopes to see from the next government. Children in the UK have some of the worst outcomes when compared with the ...