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iHV Founding Director retires after 40 years in the health visiting profession

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE steps back nine years after founding the Institute of Health Visiting Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Founding Director of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), retires today after 40 years working in the health visiting profession.   Dr Adams spent three decades working...

Survey confirms babies and young children have been forgotten and failed in the nation’s pandemic response

The Institute of Health Visiting today publishes the findings from its annual survey of health visitors in England. The findings lay bare the damage that the pandemic has had on families, with the youngest and most vulnerable in our society suffering the most. Health visitors are concerned that t...

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...

Institute of Health Visiting awarded funding for project to improve analytical capability in health and care

A team from the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) have been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent charity, to be part of the latest round of its Advancing Applied Analytics programme.           ...

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...