iHV has submitted its response to the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s Prevention of ill health inquiry.

Researchers, organisations and individuals interested in or working in preventative healthcare were invited to submit their responses – to get involved and suggest what specific issues the Health and Social Care Select Committee should be exploring.

The submitted proposals will be used to help the Committee decide where to focus its attention in subsequent stages of its inquiry: further calls for evidence inviting more detailed submissions from interested stakeholders may then be issued on these topics.


Yesterday, 13 November 2018, Dr Cheryll Adams CBE joined a fantastic group of leaders from the sector to give oral evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee into the First 1000 Days inquiry.

There were lots of discussions about the important role that health visitors can play and also lots of support from others giving evidence to the committee – making the case for early intervention, prevention, relationships and  babies in the First 1000 days. But key was that as a society we need to value early childhood and encourage and support parents in their role.

Cheryll’s oral evidence starts from 15:46 on the link to Parliament TV.





This oral evidence session follows the submission of written evidence from iHV to the committee earlier this year and published on the inquiry website.




The Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into the early years of a child’s life. The early years of a child’s life, from conception to age 2, is vital to their ongoing physical, mental and emotional health and development.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV, commented:

“This inquiry into the first 1000 days of life is an opportunity for health visitors to feed in their views of what needs to change to support infants during the period from pregnancy to age two.  Local evidence of good practice would be particularly helpful during these difficult times for the profession.”

Call for written submissions

The Committee would like to receive written submissions on the following questions:

1. National strategy

  • The top priorities for a national strategy, based on existing evidence and lessons from other countries, particularly the devolved administrations.
  • The current roles, responsibilities and functions across Whitehall, executive agencies and other non-departmental public bodies for the First 1000 Days, including suggestions for how these arrangements could be made more effective.

2. Current spending and barriers to investment

  • Recent public spending on services covering the First 1000 Days.
  • Difficulties in making the case for investment nationally and locally.

3. Local provision

  • The scope, scale and current performance of provision for First 1000 Days of life, including universal and targeted approaches.
  • Barriers to delivery (e.g. workforce shortages, financial constraints on councils)
  • What a high-quality evidence-based approach to service provision would look like for the First 1000 Days of life.

Deadline for written submissions is Friday 7 September 2018.


Targeted call for evidence (local councils and CCGs)

In addition to the open call for evidence above, the Health and Social Care Committee would also like to invite local councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to supply evidence on what provision looks like for the first 1000 days across the country, along with the factors that have influenced the current landscape of provision.