iHV attends launch of the Labour Party’s Health Mission to build an NHS fit for the future and welcomes pledge to train 5,000 more health visitors.

Alison Morton, the Institute of Health Visiting’s CEO, attended the launch of the Labour party’s Health Mission in Essex today. The Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, set out his party’s plans to ‘make the NHS fit for the future’ by ‘fixing the fundamentals and renewing its purpose’, including a welcome pledge to train 5,000 more health visitors.

Responding to this announcement on behalf of the iHV, Alison Morton said:

“The Labour Party’s commitment to a long-term plan to reduce preventable illness and cut health inequalities is very welcome and urgently needed. Getting it right at the start of life will be a critical first step in building strong foundations for health that can last a lifetime.

“This reform is long overdue, as hundreds of thousands of babies and young children are currently not getting the support that they need. We have a poor state of child health across our nation compared to most other similar nations and too many lives are being unnecessarily harmed or cut short. It doesn’t have to be this way, change is possible.

“We have campaigned, alongside hundreds of other leading organisations and charities working with families, for investment in health visiting services which provide a vital safety-net for all families. The Labour Party’s commitment to train 5,000 more health visitors is essential to rebuild the service after eight years of cuts that have led to a 40% reduction in the number of health visitors in England.

“This investment will ensure that health visitors are able to meet the scale of the challenge and work with families to prevent, identify and treat problems before they reach crisis point. Investing in our children’s health is not only the right thing to do, it also makes sound economic sense.

“We look forward to working with the Labour party on next steps and call on all political parties to sign up to a cross-party long-term plan to improve child health and reduce inequalities – our children’s health is too important to be treated as a Cinderella policy and the political football that it has become in recent years.”

Alongside training 5,000 more health visitors, the Labour government announced that they would increase the NHS workforce by training 7,500 new doctors and 10,000 nurses each year. They also pledged to bring down ambulance response times, cut cardiovascular disease deaths by a quarter, and support women with mental health problems in pregnancy and the postnatal period, as well as during the menopause and older age. In terms of tackling the wider determinants of health, alongside their plans to build a fairer society, the party would ban junk food ads for children and strengthen physical activity in the school curriculum, following a decade where childhood obesity has risen and participation in competitive sport has fallen.


The Institute of Health Visiting has launched a new Research Champions scheme for health visitors (HVs) interested in research. Set up in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the scheme has appointed its first ten Champions.

Health Visitor Research Champions meet to kick off new HV Research Champions scheme

Health Visitor Research Champions meet to kick off new HV Research Champions scheme

The new HV Research Champions met for the first time at NIHR to learn how to develop their role and will be mentored by existing midwifery champions and supported by the local NIHR Clinical Research Networks (CRNs).  Ultimately there will be 15 research champions, one for each CRN region.

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

“This is a very exciting development for the Institute, we have seen how successful the Midwifery Champions have been in supporting research for mothers and babies and it is fantastic to now be developing a similar capacity in health visiting.

“For the Champions themselves and their employers, this is an opportunity to much more closely engage with the many national research programmes.”

The HV Research Champions will:

  • Work collaboratively with the iHV, NIHR, relevant research teams and other Champions to support the development of portfolios of research
  • Work together to increase health visitor contribution to research studies
  • Support the development of a research-rich culture within the health visiting workforce
  • Contribute to a national forum of Champions including attendance at 3 National forum meetings a year
  • Contribute to national activities of the forum and health visiting including sharing of good practice and development of new ways of working
  • Support the creation of opportunities for more research careers in health visiting.

The HV Research Champions have a masters, a doctorate or are working towards one, and also some existing or prior direct involvement in research, and they are also members of the iHV.

Further opportunities to become a HV Research Champion include the following regions: South West Peninsula; North West Coast; Kent, Surrey and Sussex; Thames Valley; and West of England. Closing date for applications is 7 September 2018.

For more details and how to apply – https://ihv.org.uk/our-work/research/research-champions/


Nursing Now launches today (Tuesday 27 February) with activities planned in the UK, Switzerland, Jamaica, USA, South Africa and Jordan – among other countries.

Highlights from the global launch events in London and Geneva will be broadcast from both the Nursing Now Facebook page and website from 1pm GMT today. Follow the hashtag #NursingNow

Exciting update – As of today, Kensington Palace has announced that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will become Patron of Nursing Now.

Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. Nursing Now is run by a Campaign Board made up of nurses and non-nurses from 16 different countries. The campaign is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Nursing Now will run to the end of 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and a year when nurses will be celebrated worldwide. Nursing Now’s aim is to improve perceptions of nurses, enhance their influence and maximise their contributions to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to health and healthcare.


On 21 July 2016, the Maternity Transformation Programme was officially launched.

More than 200 people, each with a passion and drive to improve maternity services gathered to understand how the programme will achieve the vision set out in Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review.

The following videos include key messages from the opening speeches.

Opening speeches from the Maternity Transformation Programme launch event

Introduction to the Maternity Transformation Programme
Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chair, Maternity Transformation Programme

Vision of Better Births
Baroness Julia Cumberlege and Sir Cyril Chantler

Importance of working together
Dr David Richmond and Professor Cathy Warwick


An introduction to each Maternity Transformation Programme workstream

Nationally, there are nine workstreams on a range of measures designed to facilitate local change. This is to ensure that the vision of Better Births can be achieved. The following videos provide a short introduction to each workstream and what they seek to achieve

Local transformation
Lauren Hughes, NHS England

Promoting good practice for safer care and Transforming the workforce
Flora Goldhill, Department of Health and Bill Irish, Health Education England

Improving access to perinatal mental health services
Simon Medcalf, NHS England

Increasing choice and personalisation
James Sanderson, NHS England

Sharing data and information and Harnessing technology
Dr Matthew Jolly, NHS England and Alex Elias, NHS Digital

Two further videos will also be posted shortly, providing key messages for the Improving prevention workstream and further detail on our Local transformation workstream.


Director and Chair with guests Dr Dan Poulter, M.P. and Director of Nursing, Professor Viv Bennett



From Left to Right:


Dr Cheryll Adams, Foundation Director

Sally Russell, Foundation Chair

Dr Dan Poulter, M.P. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health

Professor Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing and Government’s Principal Advisor for Public Health Nursing, Department of Health


Founders, Foundation Chair and the Minister, Dr Daniel Poulter M.P.




From left to right:


Professor Ros Bryar

Professor Sarah Cowley

Professor Sally Kendall

Dr Dan Poulter M.P. , Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Sally Russell, Foundation Chair

Dr Cheryll Adams, Foundation Director


Launch proceedings




Minister launches the iHV




 Dr Dan Poulter, M.P. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health


Guests enjoying the occasion

iHV launch event 28 November 2012



The Institute awards its first Fellowship certificates

Professor Viv Bennett receiving her honorary Fellowship from Dr Dan Poulter at iHV launch event 28 November 2012

Richard Parish receiving his honorary Fellowship from Dr Dan Poulter at iHV launch event 28 November 2012


At the launch of the iHV two Honorary Foundation Fellowships were awarded to Professor Richard Parish and Professor Viv Bennett.  They were awarded to acknowledge the support given to the Institute during its development by Professor Parish and Professor Bennett.  However, also to acknowledge Professor Parish’s lifetime contribution to Public Health, and Professor Bennett’s unprecedented leadership of government policy to reinvigorate the health visiting profession.


Guests enjoy the reception