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
Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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
Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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
Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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 https://ihv.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-mental-health/mental-health-training/  or contact [email protected] , the Institute’s Training Lead.

For further details of other perinatal mental health activity undertaken by the Institute, please see https://ihv.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-mental-health/ Or contact [email protected], the Institute’s Mental Health Lead.

Find out more: https://marcesociety.com/meetings/past-meetings/

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 https://www.qni.org.uk/explore-qni/qni-awards/

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.

 

Dr Cheryll Adams awarded honour for her contribution to the health visiting profession

Dr Cheryll Adams, executive director of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), today received a CBE as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday honours ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director of the Institute of Health Visiting at Buckingham Palace

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director of the Institute of Health Visiting at Buckingham Palace

Dr Adams CBE was selected for the honour in recognition of her contribution to the health visiting profession.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE said:

“I am absolutely honoured to accept this award on behalf of all the health visitors who do such a fantastic job in improving family and public health, ensuring that every child has the best possible start in life.”

She added:

“Through this award, I hope to highlight the essential role of the health visitor in family life, and that this will be increasingly recognised and valued. Through the Institute, we hope to continue to make a real difference to the lives of children, their families and communities across the whole of the UK – and beyond.”

Founding director of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) recognised for her contribution to improving children’s lives

Dr Cheryll Adams, founding director of the Institute of Health Visiting

Dr Cheryll Adams, founding director of the Institute of Health Visiting

iHV founding director, Dr Cheryll Adams, is to become a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) after being named in Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Honours List.

Cheryll, who has been working in family and public health for more than 30 years, was selected for the honour in recognition of her contribution to the health visiting profession and the important role it plays in improving outcomes for children, families and communities.

She co-founded the Institute of Health Visiting in 2012 to raise standards in health visiting through education and research, and to reduce inequalities in health by ensuring every family receives a universally high quality of care.