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