In March 2023, iHV announced a new award open to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) health visitor students who are iHV members. The award was developed to celebrate new talent joining the health visitor workforce and to showcase new ideas for service provision. Students and Higher Education Institutions, who provide SCPHN education programmes, were invited to submit to the iHV Student Award 2023. The judging panel met in July 2023 to deliberate on submissions which were all of a very high quality. We are delighted to announce the winner and runners up for this year’s award.

Huge congratulations from all at iHV to the iHV SCPHN Award 2023 winners:

  • 1st place was awarded to Leonie Grundy
  • 2nd place was awarded to Claire Black
  • Joint 3rd place was awarded to Robin Williams and Jane Guy.

Leonie Grundy and her academic supervisor have been awarded a place at the iHV Evidence-based Conference in Manchester on 21 September 2023, where Leonie will also present on her innovation.

Thank you to the recipients of the iHV SCPHN Student Award 2023 for providing the below biographies on how they came to be SCPHN student health visitors and their new ideas for service provision.

1st Place – Leonie Grundy

Leonie Grundy

Leonie Grundy is a SCPHN health visitor student at Manchester Metropolitan University and employee of Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a registered nurse for 5 years prior to working in health visiting, with a staff nurse background in the emergency department and the 0-19 team. Leonie has aspired to become a health visitor since her 2nd year placement as a student nurse in 2016, where she enjoyed supporting vulnerable families during the transition to parenthood. Leonie applied for the SCPHN training after returning to work from giving birth to her second son. Once her family was complete, she felt it was the ideal time to focus on achieving her aspiration to become a health visitor.

During the SCPHN course, Leonie often found that during universal home visits babies were observed sleeping in unsafe positions and environments and some families did not seem to fully understand the risks. She decided to research the topic further as part of an assignment for the University’s SCPHN course module, Empowering Public Health, finding a gap in public health information. Leonie found that current information on safe sleep messages did not meet the needs of all parents, particularly those who may have difficulties reading, understanding, and retaining evidence-based information. As part of the course module, Leonie approached senior leaders within the Trust and presented her ideas to film a series of evidence-based safe sleep demonstrations, for use on social media, within antenatal classes and safe sleep training. The aim would be to meet the health literacy needs all families.

Leonie worked in partnership with multiple agencies and community assets to develop this initiative and has since presented her ideas at the trust DQEG (Divisional Quality Executive Group) meeting and gained full support from senior management to push the project further to reach its full potential. Leonie is extremely passionate about safer sleep and believes that if her project can change one family’s decision on a safe sleep space, this will reduce the risks of sudden infant death. Leonie submitted her abstract to the iHV with the hope that more people would hear the message that safe sleep saves lives.

On winning first place in the first ever iHV SCPHN Student Awards, Leonie said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be the winner of the iHV SCPHN award at the start of my career in health visiting. It is a privilege, and I am excited for a long and purposeful career.”


2nd place – Claire Black

Claire Black

Claire began her career in health care in 2012 as a Midwifery Assistant at the Countess of Chester Hospital, providing care and support to women and families; as well as supporting midwives. In 2015, Claire was seconded onto the Midwifery degree course. She studied at the University of Chester and gained a 1st Class Honours Degree. Following graduation, Claire commenced as a registered midwife at the Countess of Chester Hospital, rotating between the central labour suite and the antenatal and postnatal wards, and after 3 years took a post with the community midwifery team. Claire particularly enjoyed providing continuity of care which gave her an insight into the public health promotion aspect of the role and multi-agency working, where she gained an insight into the role of the health visitor. This sparked her desire to apply for a place on the SCPHN course.

During the course, Claire participated in a project relating to the Government’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy Scheme. Claire and the 0-19 team were able to conduct holistic assessments and identified a clear need for advocating for families; in relation to weaning and availability of nutritious food for their children and themselves. By working collaboratively with other professionals, such as public health nutritionists, the accommodation staff were guided and able to provide appropriate weaning foods and items more relevant to the cultural choices and preferences of the Afghan families. To support the implementation of the weaning station, Claire delivered educational sessions discussing weaning guidance and oral health. Claire co-facilitated open advice clinics for on-going support and monitoring of the growth of the children.

On winning her award, Claire said:

“When I received the email informing me that my abstract had been awarded 2nd place, I was so pleased. Being able to share this recognition for the amazing teamwork involved in supporting the Afghan families was fantastic.”

Joint 3rd Place – Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Robin was born to Guyanese parents and has four other siblings. While in Guyana, her career included roles as a teacher at her former high school, a television and radio journalist, and an assistant librarian at the University of Guyana.

Robin holds two bachelor’s degrees – one in Public Communication from the University of Guyana and the other in Adult Nursing from the University of Hertfordshire. She began her nursing career as an adult nurse in the endoscopy unit at Lister Hospital. She went on to become the first student to have an elective placement at the research department where she subsequently secured a secondment with the National Institute of Health Research and East & North Herts Trust.

As a mother of one, Robin pursued an interest in public health and, following a successful application, started her journey as a student Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) health visitor in September 2022 with the Hertfordshire Community Trust and the University of Hertfordshire. As part of the course and the leadership module, Robin identified a gap in the involvement of fathers in the home visits conducted by health visitors and submitted a presentation on her initiative to engage and include fathers entitled, ‘ Stepping out of the shadows and into conversations.’ With mentorship from her university lecturer, Karen Afford, Robin was supported to submit an abstract of her initiative to the iHV SCPHN Student Award.

Upon notification of her award, Robin said:

“I am ecstatic to be a recipient of the first SCPHN award as I have read many of the Institute of Health Visiting reports and articles. I find the information available through the IHV to be evidence-based, current, and easy to read, understand and apply. I am totally ecstatic and grateful for this SCPHN Award!”

Joint 3rd Place – Jane Guy

Jane Guy

Jane qualified as a registered nurse (adult) in 2000 and has since gained experience in a variety of nursing posts, including acute medicine, neurological rehabilitation, GP practice, 111 and most recently in school-aged immunisations. Health promotion and a desire to empower others to make positive health choices became a real passion. However, it was following the birth of her own children that Jane realised her future lay in health visiting. It was through the support of her own health visitor that Jane was able to successfully breastfeed her own children and also to help set up a breastfeeding peer support group. This inspired Jane and, in 2022, she embarked upon her SCPHN training at the University of Wolverhampton and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

It was during her SCPHN training that Jane noticed the growing number of referrals to speech and language therapy following 2-year development reviews. Speech delay was often not picked up until this point, meaning that earlier opportunities to aid speech development and identify concerns were being missed. Jane felt there were missed opportunities for health visitors to promote the importance of “talking to baby” antenatally and beyond, not only for speech development but also for bonding and attachment. Therefore, Jane proposed a leaflet to be placed in the red book, highlighting important milestones in language development and ideas for parents. A QR code linking to an existing trust website set up by Speech and Language Therapy signposts parents to further advice, evidence-based activities, and an online referral form. It is proposed that health visitors will discuss this leaflet and promote speech development at each contact, beginning with the antenatal visit. Early intervention would improve the long-term outcomes for the child, ensuring school readiness as well as reducing speech and language referrals.

Jane commented on her award:

“I feel very proud and excited to have been awarded joint third place, thank you.  My trust are very keen for me to take my initiative forward, so it is a very exciting time, especially so close to qualifying.”

Calling all SCPHN Student iHV members!

Have you  booked your place for next week’s iHV Insights event: SCPHN Students: Preceptorship and beyond on Thursday 17 August, 15:30-16:30? And we hope you can join us for a 15-minute networking session afterwards.

This is open to all iHV members.

The transition from SCPHN student to a fully-qualified health visitor, with the responsibility of lone working and managing your own demanding caseload, is an exciting but also daunting time. We understand from the research, and from what members have told us, that this can be a very stressful, anxiety-provoking period of your health visiting career. Therefore, this SCPHN Health Visiting Student Insights Event aims to support your transition with relevant information, coping strategies and top tips.


iHV is excited to announce a new award open to specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) health visitor students who are iHV members. This award  is linked with the annual iHV Evidence-based Practice Conference.

To make a submission students are invited to prepare an 350-word abstract showcasing an innovation in practice. Please note, to simplify the application process, posters are no longer required as part of the submission – the winning entry will be invited to give a short oral presentation (using slides if preferred) at our EBP conference in September..

Each Higher Education Institution (HEI) providing the SCPHN education programme is invited to submit a maximum of 2 submissions, depending on the size of their existing SCPHN HV cohorts. Each student submission would need to be supported by an academic and practice assessor or supervisor

The award has been developed to celebrate new talent joining the health visitor workforce and showcase new ideas for service provision.


The student submission must be made using the iHV submission form to be accepted for entry. This details:

  • Name of HEI and Department providing the SCPHN-HV programme and declaration of cohort size
  • Full name, contact details and signature of the student
  • Full name, contact details and signature of the supporting academic and practice assessor or supervisor
  • Title and written abstract prepared by the student (max 350 words)
  • Disclaimer confirming the submission is the student’s own work and has not been submitted elsewhere

The abstract should:
Present a practice innovation designed to strengthen the quality of service provision for babies, children & families.

Latest date of submission: Friday 30 June 2023



The innovation must be informed by evidence and can be a proposed development or review of existing practice. Proposed or actual impacts for babies, children and families must be identified and the service innovation must involve SCPHN-HV practitioners. The iHV judges will be looking for innovations that incorporate factors known to support successful practice. This includes a service investing in the following:

  • Trusting relationships
  • Working in partnership with families
  • Evidence-driven practices
  • Accessible and equitable provision
  • Well-coordinated personalised service with continuity of practitioner
  • Practitioner autonomy
  • Collaborative working
  • Demonstrating impact

The winning student will be notified week commencing 24 July 2023. The award includes a free place at the iHV Evidence-based Practice (EBP) Conference, 21 September 2023, where the successful student will be invited to present their poster and accept an iHV Award Certificate. The supporting academic/practice educator will also receive a free iHV EBP conference place.

  1. The number of submissions from each HEI depends on the size of the SCPHN cohort: for SCPHN HV-SN cohorts up to 30 = 1 student submission per HEI; cohort of 31 upwards = 2 students can be submitted per HEI.
  2. The award cannot be transferred for an alternative prize or money, it is specific to the named iHV student member and conference date. The award does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

Submit an entry

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce three new honorary Fellows.

Professor Rosamund Bryar, Dr Alain Gregoire and Wendy Taman all received their honorary Fellowships of the Institute of Health Visiting at the iHV’s sixth annual celebration event held in London last Tuesday (4 December 2018).  The honorary Fellowships were awarded in recognition of their continued support of both the Institute and the health visiting profession, and mark the high esteem in which they are held by the Institute’s board.

Rosamund Bryar, one of the founding Trustees of the Institute, is Emeritus Professor of Community and Primary Care Nursing, City University London, and has been involved in service development, education, research and research capacity building in health visiting and primary health care since the mid-1980s. Ros was one of the “Gang of four” who set up the Institute.

Professor Rosamund Bryar receiving her honorary Fellowship from Pamela Goldberg OBE, chair of iHV
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Dr Alain Gregoire, a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, has worked with the Institute on its Perinatal Mental Health Champions project and much more widely has campaigned around and supported the critical role of the health visitor in recognising and supporting mothers with perinatal mental illness.

Dr Alain Gregoire receiving his honorary Fellowship from Pamela Goldberg OBE, chair of iHV
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Wendy Taman is a practising health visitor who uses technology to spread good health visiting practice – and who is supporting the Institute’s presence on Twitter.

Wendy Taman receiving her honorary Fellowship from Pamela Goldberg OBE, chair of iHV
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iHV’s Executive Director, Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, said:

“We are thrilled to welcome these fantastic individuals to our pool of Honorary Fellows.  All have had a significant impact on the art and science of health visiting.”

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce that it has won first prize in the White Swan Foundation and Marcé Society International Perinatal Mental Health Education Awards for its Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions training programme.

White Swan Foundation and Marcé Society say ‘the prize recognises the pioneering work of institutions that catalyse perinatal awareness through stakeholder education.  It particularly focuses on models that have the potential to be scaled in low and middle-income (LAMI) countries where perinatal mental health issues are largely ignored and do not receive professional interventions.’

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

“This is a massive honour for the Institute and our perinatal and infant mental health training department.  To win this award, with such internationally eminent judges, is significant recognition of the quality of the Institute’s training.

“Our training has evolved over many years, alongside the evidence base, changing policy and evolving national standards, and is unique in its capacity to reach large audiences through our highly developed cascade model which builds in sustainability for commissioners. The training and its quality assurance measures have been developed alongside experts by experience as well as perinatal mental health experts from the professions we commonly train, i.e. health visitors, midwives, obstetricians, general practitioners and psychiatrists and other mental health workers.”

The iHV Champions project has become a social movement of people and organisations who are committed to creating local health and social capital, and building a sustainable, community-based public health service. As of the NHS 70th birthday on 5 July 2018, the iHV had trained 1545 health and social care professionals as Champions – with numbers increasing all the time!

Dr Adams added:

“The Marcé scientific community is keen to see how the iHV model can be used across communities in LAMI countries and we are excited to think how lessons here in England can be used to reach even more families and communities globally!”

For more details of the iHV Champions training, please see  or contact [email protected] , the Institute’s Training Lead.

For further details of other perinatal mental health activity undertaken by the Institute, please see Or contact [email protected], the Institute’s Mental Health Lead.

Find out more:

Professor Sally Kendall MBE

We are delighted that Sally Kendall, professor of community nursing and public health at the University of Kent, has been awarded an MBE for services to nursing and to research in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV, said:

“This is fabulous news. Sally was one of the four founders of the Institute and remains one of our Trustees.  She has a particular responsibility in supporting our research developments which she fulfils with huge energy and commitment.”

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), is named as the University of Surrey’s Alumna of the Year 2018 for her outstanding contribution to the health visiting profession.

The University of Surrey’s Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award is presented annually to a graduate who has made an exceptional contribution to their field or to society during the previous three years. Dr Adams was selected from 140 nominations to receive this award.

Cheryll graduated from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Human Biology with Nursing in 1977. She began her career as a nurse at London’s St George’s Hospital, before qualifying as a health visitor and working in practice in Hampshire for almost 20 years. During this time, she championed the causes of vulnerable families, promoting emotional, physical and social health in isolated communities and running community drives to improve child safety.

After spending several years in research and practice, with her core professional interest being in infant and maternal mental health, Cheryll has held several national roles, before becoming one of the founder members and then Founding Director of the Institute of Health Visiting. The Institute was set up to strengthen the practice of all health visitors and ultimately improve the lives of children, families and communities. Evidence-based support and guidance developed by the Institute helps health visitors on issues which are key to tackling inequalities in health. Cheryll is driven by the belief that every child deserves the best start in life and health visitors are the best-placed professionals to help that happen as they work with every baby and new family.

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

“I am astonished, thrilled and very honoured to be this year’s Alumna of the Year at the University of Surrey. My three years at the University were extremely happy and inspiring ones.

“I hope this award will shine a light on our amazing health visitors who play such an important role in ensuring children have the best start in life and have such a huge impact on the public’s health.

“Since the launch of the Institute in November 2012, we have created opportunities for health visitors to become iHV Fellows, Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions, Safeguarding experts, Healthy Weight Healthy Nutrition Champions, and Domestic Violence and Abuse Experts – these great health visitors are leading local change to make a difference to children and families.”


Applications are now open for The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service, awarded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

A previous winner of this award is one of our Fellows – Ruth Oshikanlu.

The award is given through nomination, to community nurses who provide exceptional care to their patients and demonstrate a continuing passion and enthusiasm for nursing.

This award is not a reward for length of service, but an acknowledgement that a nurse makes a very exceptional individual contribution to patient care and the nursing profession. Criteria include:

  • A minimum of 10 years’ service in community nursing
  • Ability to demonstrate a continuing commitment to the principles of excellent nursing care to the benefit of patients
  • Ability to demonstrate an outstanding contribution to both patients and the profession over and above the normal call of duty.

Closing date: Monday 2 April 2018 

NOW RECRUITING: Public Health England Chief Nurse Directorate – The Nana Quawson Public Health Leadership award of up to £11,000

This award remembers the dedication, passion and drive of Nana Quawson (1972-2016), a valued colleague and school nurse who sadly passed away last year.

Are you a current registered health visitor or school nurse, professional leader or future leader for public health nurses working with children, young people and families?  Would you like to take your career as a public health nurse (SCPHN, registered on part 3 NMC) to the next level and be supported to realize your true potential?  Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families through public health?

The Chief Nursing Directorate at PHE and the Florence Nightingale Foundation are offering a bespoke scholarship to an individual from a registered health visitor or school nurse background who wants to become a strong leader with the skills and self-confidence to contribute positively and make a tangible difference to the outcomes for children, young people and families.

Recipients of the PHE Chief Nursing Directorate – Nana Quawson Award for Public Health (CYP) Leadership Scholarship must be registered on part 3 of the NMC register. 

Applications close by Thursday 30 November 

How to apply 

Please download an application form from the Florence Nightingale Foundation website (see link below) and then send your application by Thursday 30 November with all parts completed and required references and letter of support by email to The Foundation: [email protected]

Nominations are now open for The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service.

The award is given, through nomination, to community nurses who provide exceptional care to their patients and demonstrate a continuing passion and enthusiasm for nursing.

This award is not a reward for length of service, but an acknowledgement that a nurse makes a very exceptional individual contribution to patient care and the nursing profession.

Criteria include:

  • A minimum of 10 years’ service in community nursing
  • Ability to demonstrate a continuing commitment to the principles of excellent nursing care to the benefit of patients
  • Ability to demonstrate an outstanding contribution to both patients and the profession over and above the normal call of duty.

For more informaion, please visit

Closing date: Monday 31st July 2017

To find out more, please email Anne Pearson or call 020 7549 1409.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced the creation of a new prize for student Health Visitors, named in memory of Dora Roylance, a former Queen’s Nurse and Health Visitor.

Dora Roylance passed away in 2016 at the age of 100 and left a legacy to the QNI that enabled them to create this prize in her name. Dora became a Queen’s Nurse in 1939 and become a Health Visitor six years later, thanks to a QNI training bursary. She went on to work as a nurse and a Health Visitor for the rest of her career.

The new prize is offered for outstanding students who have completed the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing () Health Visitor programme. The prize is available at every university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland where the programme is offered.

The health visitor programme leaders at each university may nominate one student to receive the prize each year.