Yesterday evening, senior health visiting leaders, practitioners, iHV Fellows, and partners from across the sector gathered in London for the iHV Leadership Annual Event. We were delighted to be able to meet together, to celebrate our shared achievements over the last year, and thank individuals and organisations who have contributed to so many of our workstreams this year. It really has been a team effort!

iHV CEO, Alison Morton, welcomes guests to the iHV Annual Event 2023

The Annual Presentation was given by Dr Sarah McMullen, Associate Director of Research and Policy at The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, who provided an update on the work of The Centre and their ‘Shaping Us’ campaign. It has been our privilege and pleasure to work with The Centre on numerous projects this year including a research study focused on the use of the ADBB tool to support health visitors’ work in infant mental health, arranging health visiting shadowing visits for Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales, and supporting the production of The Centre’s short film on health visiting and their wider ‘Shaping Us’ campaign.

Dr Sarah McMullen, Associate Director of Research and Policy at The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, delivers the iHV Annual Presentation

iHV Annual Report

At the Annual Event, the Institute launched its latest Annual Report, detailing the progress and many highlights of the iHV over the last year. Thanks to the support of our members, and the generosity of our grant funders, partners and parents who are experts by experience, we have been able to increase our policy influence and deliver more education, training, resources, networking opportunities, and research than ever before! We have also supported quality improvements in practice through our projects and programmes, including leadership development and sector-led improvement work.

Alison Morton, CEO of the Institute of Health Visiting, commented:

“I am absolutely delighted to share our latest annual report. This is packed full of the Institute’s achievements over the last year. None of these would have been possible without the support of our members, partners, trustees and the incredible #TeamiHV. I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make the Institute the organisation it is today. Together, we will continue to work hard to build a strengthened health visiting profession to ensure that all babies, children and families are supported to achieve the very best health now and into the future.”

Honorary Fellows

Every year, the iHV Board of Trustees bestows Honorary Fellowship awards at its annual event. We were delighted to award this year’s Honorary Fellowships to Professor Jane Barlow, Pamela Goldberg OBE, and Jane Williams. The awards, in recognition of their encouragement and continued support of both the iHV and the health visiting profession, mark the high esteem in which they are held by the Institute’s board.

Professor Jane Barlow’s Honorary Fellowship is awarded in recognition of her ongoing support for our work over many years. Jane is a staunch and vocal advocate for early intervention – and a champion of health visiting – and has worked tirelessly with us at the iHV on numerous shared projects, including our current research partnership with The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. We are particularly grateful for Jane’s ongoing contributions to our work in perinatal and infant mental health and her weight of support for our call for more Specialist health visitors in this field. Unfortunately, Jane was not able to join us during the evening to collect her Honorary Fellowship due to travel disruptions.

The iHV awarded two Honorary Fellow awards to individuals who have served the iHV generously through their tenures on our Board as iHV trustees. At the iHV, we want to thank all our Trustees for the time, commitment and effort they bring to our organisation.

The first of these awards was conferred to Pamela Goldberg OBE who was the Chair of the iHV Board for 7 years, until her tenure came to an end in July this year. Prior to joining the iHV, Pamela had a distinguished career in both the commercial and voluntary sector, latterly as CEO of Breast Cancer Campaign. This wealth of experience was so valuable to our organisation which was only a few years old when Pamela joined as its Chair. During Pamela’s two terms at the helm of the iHV, the organisation has grown considerably into the successful organisation that it is today. Pamela has also overseen considerable change, with a new CEO and ways of working during the pandemic.

Pamela Goldberg OBE receiving her Honorary Fellowship of the iHV from iHV Chair, Sue Tokley

The last, but by no means least, Honorary Fellow award this year was awarded to Jane Williams. Jane is regarded by many as one of the ‘giants’ of health visiting. She joined the Institute’s Board after running one of the most successful health visiting services in England – and generously shared her wealth of rich experience from her long career. Jane was a Trustee for nearly eight years and her tenure ended during the pandemic in 2021 – which meant we couldn’t celebrate all of Jane’s contributions in person as we had hoped. Some of Jane’s particular contributions were in helping the Board to understand how the Institute’s work could successfully dovetail with the needs of local health visiting managers, as well as with practice.

Jane Williams receiving her Honorary Fellowship of the iHV from iHV Chair, Sue Tokley

Alison Morton, CEO of the Institute of Health Visiting, said:

“It was a real pleasure to award Honorary Fellowships of the Institute this year to Professor Jane Barlow, Pamela Goldberg OBE and Jane Williams. In their individual ways, they have all played key roles in shaping the Institute through their wisdom, guidance and support over so many years. These well-deserved awards are an acknowledgement of the highest esteem that they are held by the Board and the team at the iHV. We thank them for their continued interest in our work.”

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 December).

Annual report cover 2017

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, executive director of the Institute of Health Visiting, announced:

“I am so proud of everything that the Institute has achieved and delivered to support the health visiting profession over the last five years – it really is astonishing. I thank the iHV board and staff and all our members who have supported the Institute to become what it is today – it’s been a massive team effort.

“When we launched the Institute in November 2012, health visiting was enjoying a significant investment from government.  Today, the profession is in a much more challenged position – cash-strapped local authorities have reduced health visitor numbers in many areas.

“As the Institute moves forward, it will continue to support universal preventative services for every family. Every health visitor knows that pressures on families can change from one day to the next, and, when they change, families may need access to qualified professionals such as health visitors to support them.

“As we celebrate our 5th birthday, and look to the next five years, the Institute commits to working even harder to promote the essential role of health visitors to protect and strengthen the health for all children, families and communities, so that every child has the best start in life.”

Bookings are now open, with member discounts and early bird rates, for the iHV ‘Making a difference through leadership’ Conference, being held in London on Tuesday, 5 December 2017.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to attend the iHV’s annual leadership conference.

The conference will followed by our special additional annual celebration event, providing you with opportunities to network with national leaders and celebrate achievement in the profession.

Full programme details will be announced shortly with leading speakers and experts, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

This is a MUST ATTEND event for health visitors, iHV Fellows, service leads, public health commissioners with limited places also available for SCPHN Students.

Event Details

  • Time: 09:00 – 18:30
  • Date: Tuesday, 5 December 2017
  • Venue: RSPH, 28 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LY

Delegate fees:

Delegate places are now available to book from £125 per person (member and non-member rates apply) – but do book early to get your early bird rate.  Early bird rates expire on 31 October 2017.

Conference rate includes full attendance at the conference and iHV celebration event and includes all refreshments, lunch and delegate materials. This also includes VAT at the current rate of 20%.

Early bird rate (until midnight 31 Oct 2017) Standard rate (from 1 November 2017)

iHV members

£125 £155
Non-members £155


How to Book

Bookings may be be made online or offline, depending on your preferred method of payment.

  • For payments via credit/debit card, we are only able to accept online bookings via Eventbrite. Please complete the online registration and booking form to proceed to payment options.

  • For payments via cheque/invoice:
    • By email: Please download the registration form and send the completed form by email to [email protected]. If you are unable to download the form, please email us to advise and we will send it out to you.
    • By phone: Please call +44 (0) 207 265 7352 where we would be happy to complete the registration form for you. We will then send to you by email for checking and return with confirmation of acceptance to our event booking terms and conditions.

One hundred and fifty delegates, including key figures from the world of health visiting and iHV guests, came together at the the iHV Leadership conference “Leading for successful outcomes in health visiting today” held in London on 7 December 2016.  This inspiring conference was followed by the iHV annual celebration event to mark the iHV’s fourth anniversary – the whole day was a resounding success.

Fantastic feedback and comments included:

Wonderful inspiring conference

Inspired and motivated by the presenters today

Great motivating opening speeches

Brilliant leadership conference, great networking opportunities

Very infomative, amazing and educational conference

Event is buzzing with positivity and optimism

Inspirational speakers

Such an inspiring and energising day

iHV leadership conference and annual event, Brunei Gallery, London. Picture by:

Photos from the day

Many photos were taken thoughout the day – please do go to our event photo gallery to view them


Dr Cheryll Adams, at iHV conference, Brunei Gallery, London. Picture by:

Storify summary of tweets from the day

We have collated the numerous tweets shared during the event – and put them into a Storify for you to review.

Professor Viv Bennett at the iHV leadership conference, Brunei Gallery, London. Picture by:

Lord Victor Adebowale delivering the keynote address at the iHV annual celebration event, Brunei Gallery, London. Picture by:

Presentations from the iHV Leadership Conference

Presentations from the iHV Annual Celebration event

iHV leadership conference, Brunei Gallery, London. Picture by:



“Fantastic”, “Inspiring”, “Great networking”, “Great to share experiences” – these comments were amongst the feedback from the iHV Fellows meeting and third Annual Event, which took place on Monday 7 December.

With over 130 delegates, including key figures from the world of health visiting and iHV guests, the event was held to celebrate great health visiting and the Institute’s third year.

Presentations from the First Fellows National Network:

Presentations from the iHV third annual event:


Dr Cheryll Adams addressing the conference

Professor Dame Sarah Cowley presenting The Essence of Health Visiting

Professor Dame Sarah Cowley presenting The Essence of Health Visiting

Professor Viv Bennett adressing the iHV annual event

Professor Viv Bennett addressing the iHV annual event

iHV Third annual event

iHV Third annual event

The results from the Institute of Health Visiting’s State of Health Visiting Survey 2015 to find out today’s demands on health visitors will be shared with key figures from the world of health visiting and guests at the Institute’s third iHV annual celebration event being held in London on 7 December 2015.

68% of health visitors have seen an increase in postnatal depression over the last two years. 1 in 4 health visitors cannot provide every family with a postnatal mental health (PMH) assessment at 6-8 weeks, and 3 in 4 cannot at 3-4 months as recommended by the government according to the new survey findings announced by the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and published in their annual report on Monday 7 December. Although these figures have improved from previous years due to the investment in health visiting by the government, they make clear the service remains under resourced locally to implement this important area of public health.

Dr Cheryll Adams, Executive Director of the iHV

Dr Cheryll Adams, Executive Director of the iHV