We are delighted to announce that we will be back in Manchester at King’s House Conference Centre on 21 September 2023 for this year’s iHV Evidence-based Practice Conference.

The focus of this year’s EBP conference is health equity. How can we ensure a brighter future, where all babies can thrive and live healthy lives? How can we use the best available evidence and research to promote health equity and strengthen health visiting practice?

Long-standing healthcare disparities and inequities have been illuminated and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cost-of-living crisis. Systemic inequities, such as poverty and economic disadvantage are preventing babies, children, and families from achieving optimal health, leading to avoidable differences in health outcomes.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to this popular event.

Don’t miss our special early bird ticket rates, available until 30 June – book your place today! In addition, groups bookings of 5 or more will receive a 15% discount off the total order when booked at the same time.

Programme & Speakers

Our conference programme brings together local, national, and international experts and speakers who are focused on strengthening health visiting practice. 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 with new knowledge and skills to address key challenges in prevention and early intervention work with babies, children, and families.

Featured speakers include:

  • Professor Flora Douglas, Professor of Public Health, Robert Gordon University – Maternal and infant food insecurity
  • Greg Fell, Director of Public Health in Sheffield – Nanny State
  • Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, Professor of Integrated Community Child Health Population, Policy & Practice Dept, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health – Homelessness research
  • Nicky Brown, Senior Nurse and Public Health Specialist BCYP Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care – Pan-London SCPHN workforce development
  • Sally Shearer OBE, Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel – Messages for clinical practice
  • Nicola Jay, Reducing urgent care admissions – a whole systems approach
  • Mike Hurst, Parent Voice – Lived experience of homelessness 
  • Vicky Gilroy, iHV Head of Projects & Evaluation – Building Research Capacity
  • Victoria Jackson, iHV Senior Programme Manager – Projects and Evaluation – Strep A, Flu and Respiratory Illnesses
  • Sally Shillaker, iHV Practice Development Lead – Genomics
  • Alison Morton, iHV CEO
  • Vicky Gilroy and Victoria Jackson, iHV Projects Team – Cardiovascular disease, using the Family Partnership Model
  • Plus, more to be announced soon!

 

 

We had a wonderful day at iHV’s annual Evidence-based Practice Conference – Together, Fairer, Stronger – #iHVEBP2022

The iHV EBP conference, held on 15 September 2022 at King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester, was our first face-to-face conference since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was fantastic to see so many delegates in person!


The focus of this year’s conference was on reducing health inequalities and strengthening integrated working. We explored the learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as opportunities to promote health visiting and its role in tackling current public health priorities and improving outcomes for babies, children and families.

Programme and Speakers

Our packed programme brought together local, national, and international experts and speakers, all focused on strengthening health visiting practice through sharing the latest evidence, research, and practice examples.


Our inspirational and passionate speakers included:

  • Tash Oakes-Monger, National LGBT Project Manager
  • Kenny Gibson, Deputy Director for NHS Safeguarding
  • Jim McManus, President Association of Directors of Public Health UK, and Director of Public Health
  • Alison Morton, Executive Director, iHV
  • Clare Worgan, Head of Training and Education, Sands
  • Dr Karen Whittaker, Education and Workforce Lead, iHV
  • Sammie McFarland, CEO and Founder, Long Covid Kids Charity
  • Pilar Cloud, Project Lead, Action Cerebral Palsy
  • Louise Wileman, Health Visitor and CONI Co-ordinator
  • Dr Kate Abbott, Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Lisa Marsland, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Martha Sercombe, Specialist Perinatal Mental Health, Health Visitor
  • Jo Claessens, BBC Tiny Happy People
  • Annalea Staples, Dental Therapist, University of Leeds
  • Dr Elizabeth Camacho, Health Economist, University of Manchester
  • Plus many, many more!

A big thank you to all our speakers, presenters and exhibitors for helping to make the day such a success!

Conference poster winner

Many congratulations to our best poster presentation winner: Tracey Long – with her poster Transition to adoptive parenthood: a conceptualisation

Best poster presentation winner: Tracey Long receiving her award from Alison Morton

Some of the Feedback

“It was my first iHV conference and it was much better than I expected. Having gone through covid it was lovely to hear people’s positive attitudes to health visiting and the information that was shared by all.”

“It was a fantastic conference, the quality of the speakers and range of topics was excellent. I feel reinvigorated in my purpose and have made some useful connections from other areas to link in with to progress programmes of work. Inspiring, welcoming and meaningful. Well done iHV!”

“Thank you for producing such an informative conference. The passion for the role shone though for me and inspired me as student at the start of my health visiting career.”

“Great venue, great speakers. Thank you for reinvigorating my HV Practice!”

Presentations

Please note that the conference presentations are available to conference delegates only and they will have been sent the password required to access this page:

Tweets from #iHVEBP2022

For those of you who could not either join us on the day or could not follow the #iHVEBP2022 hashtag on Twitter, we’ve collected and made a little “Wakelet” collection of the day’s tweets so you can follow some of what was shared. Please see below.

 

Would you like to share your practice developments or research at our 2022 annual evidence-based practice (EBP) conference – “Together | Fairer | Stronger” on 15 September 2022 at King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester?

If so, we would love to hear from you! The EBP conference will be a fabulous event for you to showcase your work whilst sharing learning and innovations in practice.

We welcome submissions that support the overall theme of reducing health inequalities and strengthening integrated working from researchers, and educators. We know that many practitioners are also leading innovative improvement projects in practice, and we want to provide an opportunity for you to showcase and disseminate your findings to a wider audience.

We are keen to showcase best practice examples of effective integrated working and would also be especially delighted to receive applications from community nursery nurses and other health visiting associate practitioners. Non-UK applicants will also be considered if their work can demonstrate transferable learning.

Why should I submit an abstract?

  • To showcase your work, disseminate your findings to a national audience and raise the profile of your organisation
  • To enhance research in health visiting
  • To inform others about positive, innovative approaches to improve evidence-based practice in health visiting and preventative public health work focused on families with babies and young children
  • To raise the profile and benefits of an effective health visiting service focused on reducing health inequalities

Abstract/conference themes:

We are inviting abstracts that support the overall theme of the conference: Reducing health inequalities and strengthening integrated working:

  • Improving access/ reducing inequalities: We are particularly interested in submissions that improve the experience and outcomes of health visiting service users who encounter obstacles accessing health care, and/ or people with protected characteristics, for example: people from minoritised ethnic groups; people with disabilities; LGBTQI+ women and people; families experiencing homelessness; domestic abuse; substance misuse problems; mental illness and mental health problems; and safeguarding.
  • Integration: Innovations in health visiting practice or service delivery models from across the UK that can demonstrate impact within integrated/ ‘whole system’ public health approaches to addressing health inequalities.
  • Themes may also include, but are not limited to current priority public health topics:
    • Transition to parenthood, including preconception care
    • Breastfeeding
    • Perinatal mental health (mothers, fathers, and partners)
    • Infant and child mental health
    • Healthy nutrition, physical activity, and healthy weight
    • Managing minor illnesses, building health literacy and prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
    • Reducing unintentional injuries
    • The uptake of immunisations
    • Primary prevention and health promotion in oral health
    • Child development 0-5 years, including speech, language and communication and school readiness
    • Sleep
    • Children with developmental disorders, disabilities, and complex health needs
    • Tobacco, alcohol, and substance misuse in the perinatal period
    • Healthy couple relationships
    • Teenage parenthood

Abstract Submissions

The abstract submission deadline is 4 April 2022.

Please see Abstract Submission Guidelines and Timeline for further details on format and how to submit.

We are very excited that our EBP conference will be face to face. It will provide a great opportunity to showcase local work and network with colleagues and national experts from across the country. It really is a conference that can’t be missed!

Our Booking system is due to go live on 11 March so, in the meantime, please hold the conference date in your diary – 15 September 2022 at King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester.

 

 

 

The iHV is delighted to offer you the opportunity to present your practice or research at our 2022 annual evidence-based practice (EBP) conference – “Together | Fairer | Stronger” on 15 September 2022 at King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester

We are pleased to announce that this will be our first face-to-face conference since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all looking forward to being able to meet again, network and share ideas together.

Our conference programme brings together local, national, and international experts and speakers who are focused on strengthening health visiting practice through sharing the latest evidence, research, and practice examples.

The focus of this year’s conference is on reducing health inequalities and strengthening integrated working. We will explore the learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as opportunities to promote health visiting and its role in tackling current public health priorities and improving outcomes for babies, children and families.

Alison Morton, Executive Director iHV, commented:

“We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester in September 2022 to explore the latest evidence-based practice and research on key public health priorities for health visiting. Everyone is welcome as we come together again, in person, to share best practice and research – let’s build on the present to help shape the future of health visiting and tackle inequalities. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible.”

Abstract Themes/Topics

We encourage submissions that support the overall theme of the conference to reduce inequalities.

We are interested to hear from researchers, educators and clinicians who have led work in the following areas from across all nations of the UK (non-UK applicants will also be considered and should demonstrate transferable learning):

  • Integration: Innovations in health visiting practice or service delivery models that can demonstrate impact within integrated/ ‘whole system’ public health approaches to addressing health inequalities.  We are keen to showcase examples from across all nations of the UK.
  • Improving access/ reducing inequalities: We are particularly interested in submissions that improve the experience and outcomes of health visiting service users who encounter obstacles accessing health care, and/ or people with protected characteristics, for example: people from minoritised ethnic groups; people with disabilities; LGBTQI+ women and people; families experiencing homelessness; domestic abuse; substance misuse problems; mental illness and mental health problems; and safeguarding.
  • Conference themes may include, but are not limited to, the current priority public health topics for health visitors and health visiting skill-mix teams:
    1. Transition to parenthood, including preconception care
    2. Breastfeeding
    3. Perinatal mental health (mothers, fathers and partners)
    4. Infant and child mental health
    5. Healthy nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight
    6. Managing minor illnesses, building health literacy and prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
    7. Reducing unintentional injuries
    8. The uptake of immunisations
    9. Primary prevention and health promotion in oral health
    10. Child development 0-5 years, including speech, language and communication and school readiness
    11. Sleep
    12. Children with developmental disorders, disabilities and complex health needs
    13. Tobacco, alcohol and substance misuse in the perinatal period
    14. Healthy couple relationships
    15. Teenage parenthood
  • We would be delighted to receive applications from community nursery nurses and all other health visiting practitioners who support babies and young children. We will be holding a special concurrent session for these valued roles.

Submissions: The abstract submission deadline is 4 April 2022.

Our two-day, virtual Evidence-based Practice Conference – Looking ahead to a fairer future (#iHVEBP2021) takes place on 21 and 22 September, and we are delighted to offer a special rate for group bookings to enable as many of you to join us at the event.

Book 5 places for the price of 4* (available on the 2-day rate only and not applicable to students or retired members)!

 

This special group offer also applies to the earlybird prices (both member and non-member rates), so why not take advantage of our earlybird rates before they disappear! Get together with 4 of your colleagues and book your 5 places for the special price of 4 – a great saving of 20% per ticket!

* This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offer. This discount is not available on Retired or Student member tickets.

How to book this special group offer

  • If you are members, please have your individual membership numbers available to use for the first 4 places as the code to get your member delegate rates or the non-member rate will apply, and then enter the code 5for4EBP2021 to get the 5th place for free! Book today!
  • If you are non-members, please book your first 4 places, and then enter the same code as above 5for4EBP2021 to get the 5th place for free! Book today!

If you have any queries, please contact [email protected]

Don’t forget – our earlybird offer ends at 5pm on Friday 27 August

 


About our two-day, virtual Evidence-based Practice Conference – Looking ahead to a fairer future

21 and 22 September 2021 | Online

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.

We have a fabulous line up of speakers, including

  • Representative from The Royal Foundation
  • Professor Gabriella Conti
  • Professor Jane Barlow
  • Dr Ruth Oshikanlu
  • And many more!

Check out the Evidence-based Practice Conference website to find out more including all our fabulous speakersprogrammes and how to book your place.

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.

Tickets

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!

Creating Healthy Children, 2020 and beyond

12 and 13 May 2020, Manchester

Due to popular demand, our evidence-based practice conference in May 2020 is now two days! And bookings are now open!

Our conference programme brings together local, national and international speakers focused on sharing best practice examples and research to improve health visiting practice for babies, children and families. The presentations and workshops will reflect the breadth of health visiting practice and service development reflected primarily in the 15 High Impact Areas and 8 Key Principles set out in our recently published “Vision for the Future”.

The conference will also coincide with the 2020 anniversary celebrations of Florence Nightingale’s birth and we are keen to incorporate advances in public health nursing in recognition of Florence’s founding role in this field of nursing.

Being held in Manchester, this conference will provide you with the latest guidance and recommendations relating to infant and family public health from leading professionals and experts!

Book early to avoid disappointment – Our last 5 conferences have sold out!

Earlybird tickets (for iHV members and non-members) are available until 20 March 2020, so please book early to secure your ticket at this highly popular event! Limited student places also available. 

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

We have an exciting line up of speakers at “Creating Healthy Children, 2020 and beyond”  – confirmed speakers include:

  • Jeanelle De Gruchy – DPH Tameside and President of the Association of Directors of Public Health
  • Linda Magistris – CEO of The Good Grief Trust
  • Merle Davies – CEO of A Better start, Blackpool
  • Tim Hobbs – Chief Executive, Dartington Service Design Lab
  • James McTaggart, Early Years Psychologist, Highland Council

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. 

Call for Abstracts

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to present your practice development or research at our evidence-based conference – Creating Healthy Children, 2020 and beyond.

Abstract submission deadline is 17 February 2019.

Bookings are now open, with member discounts and earlybird rates, for the iHV Evidence-based Practice Conference – Health for All Children Now – taking place in Manchester on 9 May 2019.

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.

This is a fantastic opportunity to attend the iHV’s evidence-based practice conference – Health for All Children Now.

This inspiring conference will include leading professionals and experts speaking on a number of different topics, including Professor Alan Emond, the new editor of Health for All Children 5th Edition.

Full programme details will be announced shortly.

This conference is the MUST-ATTEND event in 2019 for those interested in evidence-based infant and family public health and health visiting to come together to hear the latest guidance and recommendations. This will include but not be limited to health visitors, NHS employers, local authority commissioners and employers, government officials, third sector organisations, GPs, midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians, researchers and parents with lived experience. A limited number of places will also be made available to SCPHN students.

Date: 09:30 – 16:45, Thursday 9 May 2019
Venue:  King’s House Conference Centre, King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester M1 7HB

Delegate prices

With special member rates and early bird prices, please book your place today to avoid disappointment!

Earlybird Rate (until 29 March 2019) Standard Rate (from 30 March 2019)
iHV Member £95.00 £125.00
Non Member £125.00 £165.00
SCPHN Student £75.00 £75.00

Conference rate includes full attendance at the conference and includes all refreshments, lunch and delegate materials.

DON’T MISS OUT!! Book today to take advantage of our early bird rates – available until 29 March 2019.

ORGANISATIONAL DISCOUNT: Buy four delegate places for your organisation and get a fifth free! See our conference page for further details

For payment details (including options to pay by debit/credit card or by cheque/invoice), how to book and our Terms & Conditions, please see all details on our online booking system.

 

Call for Abstracts

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to present your practice development or research at our evidence-based conference – Health for All Children Now.

Abstract submission deadline is 28 February 2019.

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to present your practice development or research at our 4th evidence-based conference – Health for All Children Now (being held on Thursday 9 May 2018 in Manchester).

Abstracts will be considered on the following areas:

  • Maximising health visiting’s prescribing potential
  • Role of health visitors in immunisation
  • Encouraging optimal childhood nutrition
  • Promoting oral health and sugar reduction
  • Getting families active
  • Managing atopic conditions in early childhood
  • Early identification of childhood disorders
  • Early detection of speech, language and communication delay
  • Identifying and addressing non-specific learning difficulties
  • Innovation in safeguarding
  • Addressing domestic abuse in families
  • Innovation in promoting sleep
  • Effective working with couple relationships
  • Identifying and addressing mental health issues in pre-school children
  • Working with fathers
  • Working with excluded families
  • Addressing health inequalities
  • Promoting leadership in health visiting
  • Creating effective integration with the early years work force

Abstract Submission and Timeline

Abstract format:

  • The abstract should be no more than 250 words and provide an overview of your practice development or research, clearly indicating the impact on health visiting practice.
  • Please structure your abstract as follows:
    • aim
    • objectives
    • method
    • results
    • conclusion
    • recommendations.
  • Also, please tell us whether you would like to present this as an oral presentation or poster.
  • Please submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word document to [email protected].

Abstract Timeline:

  • The abstract submission deadline is 28 February 2019.
  • After an iHV peer-review process, participants will be informed of acceptance of abstracts for either oral presentation or or a poster by the middle of March.
  • Full guidance on the poster and oral presentation delivery format will be provided if your abstract is successful.

It is important that you book to secure your conference place on or before the final registration deadline for accepting your offer to present.

The iHV is delighted to confirm that the Institute of Health Visiting evidence-based, practice-focused conference,  being held in Birmingham on Tuesday, 7 March 2017, is accredited – all delegates will receive 5 CPD points for their attendance.

Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting‘ is a high quality practice-focused accredited conference with a range of masterclasses for all health visitors.  Perfect for experienced health visitors, newly qualified health visitors, health visitor practice teachers, student health visitors, team leaders and managers – all conference delegates will receive 5 CPD points.

The last few places are available for this fantastic accredited conference – so don’t delay, book your place today!  Don’t miss out on 5 CPD points!