25th March 2015
A newly-qualified health visitor from the Whittington blogs on attending the iHV professional conference in London.
The London regional iHV conference has come to an end, although it is only the beginning of a journey for many of us who attended, and who have left feeling inspired, motivated, refreshed and ready to continue in the hard work of making a difference to the children and families with whom we come into contact with on a daily basis.
As a newly-qualified health visitor, the conference was an invaluable resource where I was able to network with fellow health visitors and, through discussions with them, learn from their knowledge and experience and discuss tools which I will be able to use to develop my own skills in the job.
The Masterclasses (I attended – Using the e-community of practice hub and developing my CPD) were outstanding. I was able to discover practical tools and resources which I have taken away and will be part of helping me provide up to date evidence-based information to families and will assist me in planning, developing, creating opportunities and recording my lifelong journey as a health visitor.
The national speakers (George Hosking, Professor Sarah Cowley, Dame Elizabeth Fradd, Viv Bennett, Kelley Webb-Martin) spoke with a passion about our profession which I had not heard before at this level.
Their wisdom and evidenced presentations gave me food for thought, and current research which will impact the way in which I currently practice. Each speaker graciously acknowledged the amazing and hard work that is being achieved throughout the country by HVs who are positively impacting the next generations.