We are really excited to be delivering iHV’s 6th Evidence-based practice conference, “Looking ahead to a fairer future”, a 2-day virtual conference being held on 21 and 22 September 2021.

Our conference programme brings together local, national and international speakers focused on sharing best practice examples and research to improve health visiting practice. This conference will provide a much-needed time of reflection and learning from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on babies, young children and their families, and the services that support them. In particular, the conference will focus on reducing inequalities and this will be explored through a variety of different practice-related topics. What have we learnt from the pandemic? And how can we focus our efforts as we look ahead to the future with a shared ambition to build a fairer society?

Health visitors provide a vital safety-net for all families which is essential if we are serious about reducing inequalities.

Programme & Speakers

Our programme brings you local, national and international speakers. The presentations and workshops will reflect the breadth of health visiting practice, within a “whole system” public health approach, with the aim to equip health visitors to address key challenges in prevention and earliest intervention work with babies, children and families.

Featured speakers include:

  • Representative from The Royal Foundation
  • Professor Gabriella Conti, University College London
  • Professor Jane Barlow, University of Oxford
  • Dr Ruth Oshikanlu MBE, Independent Health Visitor and Executive Director, Goal Mind
  • Sally Hogg, Head of Policy and Campaigning, Parent-Infant Foundation

Our programme focuses on sharing best practice examples and research to improve health visiting practice. This conference will provide a much-needed time of reflection and learning from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on babies, young children and their families, and the services that support them.


Book with our special Earlybird rates for members and non-members

Available until 27 August 2021

How to book

If you are an iHV Associate member, SCPHN Student member or a Retired member ensure you have your membership number ready to use as a discount code to secure your iHV member discount rate  and go to the online booking link below.

If you are an iHV member but you do not know your membership number, please email [email protected]

If you are not a member, but would like to take advantage of our member rates, please join us today!

We’re thrilled to announce that our annual Evidence-based Practice Conference “Creating Healthy Children, COVID and beyond”, originally scheduled to take place in May, will be held as a virtual conference – and bookings are now open!

Creating Healthy Children, COVID and beyond will be taking place online on the following days and times:

  • Tuesday 22 September –  08:45 – 14:00
  • Wednesday 23 September –  08:45 – 14:00

We are absolutely delighted to be presenting our fourth evidence-based practice conference for health visitors and those who work with them, and our first online conference. These are challenging times but we didn’t want you to lose out on all the wonderful content we had pulled together for our conference in May.

You will have access not only to national speakers, but to a raft of great poster presentations, a conference exhibition, and networking opportunities and more throughout the day.

We know that one of the challenges of watching things online is maintaining concentration, so the programme has been designed to help you to stay engaged with a full one-day programme spread over two days.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Ros Bryar, Professor Emeritus Community and Primary Care Nursing
  • Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse and Director Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England
  • Jeanelle de Gruchy, President, Director , Association of Directors of Public Health and Population Health, Tameside Council
  • Siobhan Freegard, Founder, Channel Mum
  • Linda Magistris, CEO, The Good Grief Trust
  • Jane Barlow, Professor of Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation Director of Research, University of Oxford
  • Helen Bedford, Professor of Children’s Health ,UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • Dr Helen Crawley, Director, First Steps Nutrition Trust
  • Merle Davies, CEO, A Better Start, Blackpool
  • Patrick Myers, Assistant Director, Children Services seconded to Department for Work and Pensions, Dorset Council
  • Tim Hobbs,Chief Executive, Dartington Service Design Lab
  • James McTaggart, Early Years Psychologist, Highland Council
  • Dr Gabriella Conti, Associate Professor, UCL Economics and Institute of Fiscal Studies

We are delighted to offer special earlybird rates – and even better rates for our members:

Take advantage of our earlybird delegate rate – just book your place before 28 August 2020.

To access the special earlybird rate for our members, please join us today and ensure that you have your membership number ready to use as your member discount code to secure your reduced delegate rate.

Leadership into the Future

3 December 2019, London

We are delighted that bookings for this extremely popular event are now open!

Book early to avoid disappointment. Our last 3 conferences have sold out at least 4 weeks in advance. A large number of people unfortunately missed out on a place for our leadership conference last year.

We have an exciting line up of speakers at our leadership event this year and will be sharing our new vision for health visiting. Confirmed speakers include Professor of Play, Paul Ramchandani, Professor Dame Sue Hill DBE, Chief Scientific Officer NHS England, PHE Nursing Maternity & Early Years Directorate and Jim McManus, Association of Directors of Public Health.

Limited earlybird tickets (for iHV Fellows, iHV members and non-members) are available until 11 October 2019 or until they are sold out, so please book early to secure your ticket at this prestigious event! Limited student places also available. 

Please book early to secure these great discounts and avoid disappointment. 

We always seek to ensure our activities comply with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative – our events are not and never will be sponsored by the formula milk industry.