The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce the launch of its eighth Annual Report.

Launched at the iHV annual Leadership conference on 1 December 2020, the report details the Institute’s developments, partnerships and projects over the past 12 months, plus the preliminary findings from our latest annual survey.

After the initial disappointment of having to postpone so many of our plans for 2020, #TeamiHV quickly embraced the challenges of working online to not only deliver our conferences and PIMH Forums on a virtual platform but our training as well, and this has been very enthusiastically received.

2020 has been a year like none before for health visiting, as it faced the challenges of adapting to a world forced into “lockdown”. The challenges of COVID-19 have been felt both by the Institute and in practice, bringing with them much learning. Our first concern is always the families we support, whom we know this year did not receive either adequate or, in some cases, any support during a crucial time.

Whilst much of the world’s attention was focused on reducing the transmission of the virus and treating acutely ill patients (mostly adults), it was clear that the needs of children and families were increasing, yet they were largely overlooked by policy makers. At the iHV, we have been concerned from the outset about the wider impacts of the pandemic and have raised concerns about the vulnerability of babies and young children who are at home, hidden from society and some living with significant adversity and abuse.

 

 

 

 

 

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce two new honorary Fellows and the launch of its seventh annual report, detailing the progress and many highlights of the iHV over the last year.

Professor Mitch Blair and Sir Al Aynsley-Green both received an honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Health Visiting at the iHV’s seventh annual celebration event held in London last week (Tuesday 3 December 2019).  Professor Blair’s honorary Fellowship is awarded in recognition of his early and continued support to both the Institute and the health visiting profession; and Sir Al’s honorary Fellowship is in recognition for his significant continued advocacy for children and particularly the lives of vulnerable children.  Honorary Fellowship is a mark of the high esteem in which those awarded it are held by the Institute’s board.

Professor Mitch Blair is Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health at Imperial College London and a consultant paediatrician at Northwick Park Hospital.  His primary research interests are in preventative child health programmes, child health indicators and international child health services research.

Professor Mitch Blair receiving his honorary Fellowship from Pamela Goldberg OBE, Chair of iHV

Sir Albert Aynsley-Green is a paediatric endocrinologist and Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London. He was appointed as the first Children’s Commissioner for England in 2005 and was knighted by the Queen in 2006 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the education and health of children. More recently Sir Al has served as President of the BMA and he is currently visiting professor of advocacy for children and childhood at Nottingham Trent University. He is also author of ‘The British Betrayal of Childhood’.

Sir Al Aynsley-Green receiving his honorary Fellowship from Pamela Goldberg OBE, Chair of iHV

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director of the Institute of Health Visiting, said:

“It was a great pleasure to welcome both Professor Mitch Blair and Sir Albert Aynsley-Green onto the stage at our annual celebration event to receive their honorary Fellowships of the Institute. Both are great supporters of the Institute and the health visiting profession, and we are thrilled and proud to add them to our list of amazing Honorary Fellows.”

The seventh iHV annual report was also launched during the iHV’s annual celebration event. It details the Institute’s developments, partnerships and projects over the past 12 months.

Dr Adams commented:

“I am delighted to share our latest annual report as we celebrate our seventh birthday. A big thank you to all our members, Fellows and partners, we look forward to continuing our work with you to protect and strengthen the health of children, families and communities into the future.”

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce its sixth annual report, detailing the progress and many highlights of the Institute over the last year.

The annual report was launched at the Institute’s Annual Lecture and Reception held yesterday evening in London.

 

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.”

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce two new honorary Fellows and the launch of its fourth annual report, detailing the progress and many highlights of the iHV over the last year.

Dame Elizabeth Fradd and Lord Victor Adebowale received their honorary Fellowships of the Institute of Health Visiting at the iHV’s fourth annual celebration event held in London yesterday evening (7 December).  The awards, in recognition of their encouragement to found the Institute and their 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.

Dame Elizabth Fradd receiving her honorary Fellowship from Pamela Goldberg OBE, chair of iHV
Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Lord Victor Adebowale receiving his honorary Fellowship from Pamela Goldberg OBE, chair of iHV
Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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

“It was a real pleasure to welcome both Dame Elizabeth Fradd and Lord Victor Adebowale onto the stage at our annual celebration event to receive their honorary Fellowships of the Institute. Both were instrumental in supporting the founding of the Institute five years ago and this is an acknowledgement of their continued interest in our work.”

The iHV annual report, was also launched during the iHV’s annual celebration event, detailing the Institute’s developments over the past 12 months.

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

“I am absolutely delighted to share our latest annual report and, as we celebrate our fourth birthday, I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make the Institute the organisation it is today.  Together, with our members, Fellows and partners, we will continue to work hard to protect and strengthen the health of children, families and communities into the future.”

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