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For they are jolly good Fellows!

21st October 2014

Fifteen outstanding health visitors have just been identified to join the prestigious Institute of Health Visiting’s Fellowship programme – taking the total number of Fellows appointed so far this year to 50.

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) Fellow scheme recognises the professional achievement of exceptional health visitors – creating a new country-wide group of expert and confident health visitor leaders who make a real difference to the health outcomes of children and their families.

Dr Cheryll Adams, director of the iHV, said: “We are delighted to appoint a further fifteen Fellows to the Institute to strengthen leadership in the health visiting profession and to help develop the next generation of health visitors. There is immense talent in our profession and our Fellows lead the way in pushing the boundaries to ensure excellence in practice.”

Each candidate goes through a very rigorous application process in which they are assessed for their contributions to health visiting and also to children, families and communities. They need to demonstrate excellence in practice and also their leadership potential. While many are from clinical practice, some are also from education and research.

In return, successful Fellows are invited to undertake a four-day leadership development programme, and will be awarded their certificate at a celebration event in March 2015.

Becoming a Fellow is just the start of a journey with the iHV. Together, the Fellows and the Institute will develop the next generation of health visitors; integrate new policy and research into practice; whilst ensuring that they and their colleagues continue to make a real difference to the health outcomes of children and their families.

ENDS

For more information, please contact: Julie Cooper, communications and marketing manager at the Institute of Health Visiting on 07508 344716 or [email protected]

Notes to editors

About the iHV Fellows Programme

  • The iHV was awarded a grant by the Department of Health to acknowledge 150 exceptional senior health visitors during 2014/15.
  • Each candidate goes through a very rigorous application process in which they are assessed for their contributions to health visiting and also to children, families and communities. They need to demonstrate excellence in practice and also their leadership potential. While many are from clinical practice, some are also from education and research.
  • There will only be 2 more opportunities to apply this year. The first one will be between 17 October and 3 November, and then mid-November.
  • Further application details are available at ihv.org.uk/fellows

About the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV)

  • The Institute of Health Visiting is A UK Centre of Excellence supporting the development of universally high-quality health visiting practice. It was launched on 28th November 2012 to promote excellence in health visiting practice to benefit all children, families and communities. 
  • The aim for the iHV is to raise standards in health visiting practice, so improving public health outcomes for all children, families and communities.
  • For more information go to ihv.org.uk
  • Follow the Institute of Health Visiting on Twitter @iHealthVisiting and Facebook