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“We are walking a very tight rope” Health visitors voice fear of another child tragedy “waiting to happen”

Over 1200 English health visitors reported in the 2018 Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) annual survey that for many their caseloads are increasing, that they are experiencing high levels of stress, and they worry about not being able to deliver the services they should to all children with needs, ...

iHV publishes response to NHS Mental Health consultation

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has published its response to the consultation - Mental Health in the Long-Term Plan for the NHS. The consultation is to identify opportunities to deliver the NHS’s goal to provide world-class mental healthcare - improving the outcomes for everyone who use...

iHV publishes its 10-year plan for health visiting

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has published its preferred plan for the relationship of health visiting with the NHS in the next 10 years. As the NHS writes its new 10-year plan, with a specific focus on children, prevention and mental health, the Institute of Health Visiting has publishe...

iHV wins first prize in International Perinatal Mental Health Education Awards

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce that it has won first prize in the White Swan Foundation and Marcé Society International Perinatal Mental Health Education Awards for its Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions training programme. White Swan Foundation and Mar...

New Health Visitor Research Champions scheme launched

The Institute of Health Visiting has launched a new Research Champions scheme for health visitors (HVs) interested in research. Set up in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the scheme has appointed its first ten Champions. The new HV Research Champions met for the...

Mental health minister celebrates NHS 70 years with iHV Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Champions

On Thursday 5 July, the Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, celebrated 70 years of the NHS with Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) Perinatal Mental Health Champions and Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Champions in Manchester. During the celebration event, the ...

Breastfeeding support in the community: families are falling through the gaps

Families need joined up and integrated breastfeeding support services throughout their whole feeding journey, according to experts speaking at a conference hosted by the Institute of Health Visiting, Royal Society for Public Health and the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative UK (WBTi) at the Royal...

Health Visitor named Alumna of the Year 2018

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), is named as the University of Surrey’s Alumna of the Year 2018 for her outstanding contribution to the health visiting profession. The University of Surrey’s Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award is presented annua...

Health visitors fear for some children’s futures, as their numbers are cut!

More than 1 in 3 health visitors worry that they are so stretched that there may be a tragedy in their area at some point More than 1 in 5 health visitors are working with caseloads of over 500 children Results from the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) annual survey 2017 show the worryin...

iHV celebrates its 5th year

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to share its fifth annual report.  This details the progress and many highlights of the iHV over the last year as it marks five years of commitment to the health visiting profession.  This will be launched at a celebratory event this afternoon (5...