Don’t delay – buy your conference ticket today! Catch our early bird offer for our iHV Leadership Conference 2021 “Leadership for a fairer future”.

Our leadership conference sets out to equip health visitors and senior leaders to navigate new ways of working to address the nation’s pressing public health priorities. The conference will bring together leading experts from across the UK to help shape what ‘build back better’ can look like, whilst also learning from what is not working. We will explore the key ingredients of an effective infrastructure of support for families in the earliest years to make the UK a “happier and fairer place to live”.

Due to request, our early bird tickets have been extended until 5 November! In addition, if you join with colleagues you can get an even bigger discount with five tickets for the price of four (including early bird rates!)

  • Early bird tickets and are available for iHV members and non-members – iHV members will need their membership number to secure their member rate.
  • To book five tickets for the price of four, simply book 4 places and then use code 5for4Leadership2021 to get the fifth place for free – available against member and non-member rates including early bird.


We are delighted that we will be joined this year by so many inspiring and prestigious speakers, including but not limited to:

Professor Toby Lowe – (Visiting Professor of Public Management – Centre for Public Impact). Toby’s presentation focuses on how we create positive outcomes for children with the assertion that “Outcome-based contracting turns everyone’s job into the production of good-looking data, not meeting client need”. Are you fed up with process KPI’s measuring the wrong things? How do we build infrastructures that deliver the outcomes that we want? Where does health visiting fit into new ways of working?

Professor Alison Leary – (Chair of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling, LSBU). How do we get our skill mix teams right? Alison is the leading national expert in healthcare workforce modelling and her presentation will demonstrate the value of specialist nurses and how “A safety-critical workforce is more than warm bodies and pairs of hands”.

Dame Andrea Leadsom MP – We are delighted to have Andrea join with us to share the latest update and take questions on the Government’s ‘Start for Life’ plans and vision for the 1001 Critical Days.

Dr Bola Owolabi (Director of Health Inequalities at NHS England and NHS Improvement and GP) – How can we be serious about inclusion and reducing health inequalities? Bola will explore opportunities for reducing health inequalities through Integrated Care Models, Service Transformation and using data & insights for Quality Improvement.

Leanne Howlett (parent expert by experience) Listening to parents to improve outcomes – Leanne will share her lived experience of perinatal mental illness and how she has used her own experience to drive positive change and influence national policymakers to invest in person-centred support for women and improve health visiting practice.

Please show your support for the iHV: The iHV is a small charity, established by health visitors for health visitors. We rely on your support through our conferences to sustain our work to influence national policy and improve health visiting practice – our ultimate goal is to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities for all babies, children, and families.

To find out more about our iHV Leadership Conference 2021, click here

To book your ticket, click here

If you are an iHV member, ensure you have your membership number ready to use as a discount code to secure your member discount. If you are an iHV member but you do not know your membership number, please email [email protected]

For any other details on how to purchase a ticket individually or for a group booking, please email [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 1 December.


Wow, what a day at #iHVLeadership2020 on Tuesday 1 December!

Following the success of our first virtual conference in September this year, we continued our plans for our annual leadership conference “Leading with vision: Be brave, stay safe, have hope!” and moved the event online.

With over 400 delegates, this was our largest leadership conference ever! And we were delighted to have a number of very eminent speakers to share their updates, insights and innovations.

2020 has been a challenging year for health visitors as it has for everyone, but we wanted to mark the foundation of the iHV again with our annual morale-raising leadership conference. The important event provided the opportunity at the end of the year to refresh, reflect and discuss new thinking for the year ahead.

We are receiving some amazing feedback:

“The virtual conference felt quite seamless, a varied amount of speakers with different expertise and a good opportunity to ask any questions”

“#iHVLeadership2020 really showing how to deliver a virtual conference with passion, drive and determination. I will forever consider the service as being the glue😊 @andrealeadsom”

“Fabulous virtual event – well done”

“I thought it was well presented and executed”

“Good opportunity to be part of a large event with high profile speakers during a difficult time.”

“Fabulous to have @andrealeadsom speaking about Early Years Healthy Development Review- Investing early has the greatest impact- “we need to stop the current ‘Wild west’”- Prevention is not just kinder, but it’s an awful lot cheaper than cure #iHVLeadership2020”

“enjoying my first iHV Leadership Conference 2020..fantastic info so far on recognition and early intervention of SMA and the important role of health visitors, household name and hv hero up next @MichaelMarmot  @VivJBennett @iHealthVisiting”

“Great listening to  @VivJBennett   lessons learnt re- covid and redeployment. Need for other professionals to have awareness of how skilled Health visitors are. Fantastic viv! #iHVLeadership2020  #healthvisitor #healthychildprogramme”

“@CheryllMa closes a fantastic #iHVLeadership2020 with an address that shares some wonderful snippets from a long and very successful health visiting career and leaves us with wise words…‘health visitors can save the world!’ @iHealthVisiting👏🏼”

“So many takeaways from today’s fabulous #iHV conference. Lots and lots to share, hard to know where to begin so starting with health and well-being of staff😊”

Conference recordings and presentations

Recordings from the day’s proceedings and presentation pdfs are now available for conference delegates – via our conference website.

To access the conference recordings webpage, please log in using your email address (as used to attend the conference) and your personal conference reference number (the same number you used to join the online conference).

If you didn’t manage to grab a ticket to join us at the event, don’t worry! You can purchase access to listen to and watch all the speakers via our online conference platform – just purchase your pay to view online ticket to access all the recordings.

Social media

Have a quick spin through all the tweets collated from day in the Wakelet link below – so much to see! So, don’t miss out

We’re thrilled to announce that our annual Leadership Conference “Leading with vision: Be bold, stay brave, have hope!” will be held as a virtual conference – and bookings are now open!

Our virtual Leadership conference 2020 (#iHVLeadership2020) will be taking place online on: Tuesday 1 December – 09:00 – 14:00.

2020 has been a challenging year for health visitors as it has for everyone, but we want to mark the foundation of the iHV again with our annual morale-raising leadership conference.

This important event provides the opportunity at the end of the year to refresh, reflect and discuss new thinking for the year ahead. This year we are thrilled to have a number of very eminent speakers lined up to address our delegates, also the voices of parents and practice to share recent innovations.

The networking sessions during our September conference were especially popular so we are making them available again. There is even the opportunity to undertake some exercise during the break with our 5 minute Conference Zumba sessions!

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, The Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)
  • Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Chair of the Government’s ‘Early Years Healthy Development Review’
  • Professor Philip Wilson Director, Centre for Rural Health
  • Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse and Director Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England
  • Elizabeth Begley, Senior Nurse, Health Visiting and Early Years, Homerton Health Visiting Service
  • Dr Sharin Baldwin, Clinical Research Fellow and Clinical Academic Lead, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and London North West NHS Healthcare Trust
  • Vicky Gilroy, Projects and Evaluation lead, Institute of Health Visiting
  • Cheryll Adams Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting

Pricing and How to Book

We are delighted to offer special earlybird rates – and even better rates for our Members and Fellow Members (available until Friday 6 November) plus our great 4 for 3 offer (buy 3 places and get the 4th place for free!):

Take advantage of our earlybird delegate rates – just book your place before 6 November 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.

To take advantage of the 4 for 3* offer (available for member, non-member and earlybird rates. Not available for student rate), book 3 and use code 4for3leadership2020 to get 4th place for free
*can be used for member, non-member and earlybird rates. Not available for student rate


Outgoing CEO says: “Government must invest in rebuilding health visiting profession.”

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is preparing to welcome a new Executive Director. Eight years after launching the charity and academic body, iHV’s current Executive Director, Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, will step back in January 2021.

Stepping into her role is the Institute’s current Director of Policy and Quality, Alison Morton, who will become Acting Executive Director until the post is advertised during 2021. Dr Adams will remain with the iHV working part time, taking the title of Founding Director. Until the end of March 2021, Dr Adams will support Ms Morton’s transition into the role, and will continue to support the Institute with project work thereafter.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, outgoing Executive Director of iHV

In stepping back, Dr Adams had a strong message about her ongoing hopes for the profession, saying:

“My outstanding hope is that the government will take urgent action to rebuild this amazing profession in England. There are 30% less health visitors working in England today than there were five years ago, unlike in the rest of the UK where the profession is being strengthened. New investment is desperately needed to reverse this.”

She added:

“Health visitors work quietly and professionally with families to provide a safety net for all babies and pre-school children. They turn children’s lives around, providing them with brighter futures and, in so doing, help to reduce the impact of health inequalities for all of us.”

The iHV was launched in 2012 to strengthen the services which health visitors provide to parents, and for supporting health visitors in their challenging role on the frontline of preventative healthcare.

Over the last eight years, the Institute has enjoyed many successes, including developing a portfolio of highly-respected award-winning training programmes, regular conferences, and many new products and publications supporting the profession and practice development. Particular strengths have been its work programmes around perinatal and infant mental health, language development and nutrition. The iHV’s reach is now both UK-wide and global and it has a wide range of effective partnerships with others in the sector. Entirely self-funded since day one, the Institute has become a respected and valued voice nationally for health visiting, as well as for babies and young families.

Dr Adams, who founded the Institute, was awarded a CBE in 2016 for her services to health visiting. In announcing the iHV’s upcoming leadership change, she said:

“It is important to know when to step back and this is the time. I have spent 10 years setting up, launching and running the Institute and I couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved so far. My team is strong and successful, and the Institute has become the go-to academic body for health visiting. I have total faith that the Institute has a bright future.”

Pamela Goldberg OBE, Chair of Trustees at the iHV, said of the organisation’s new Acting Executive Director:

“I have complete confidence in Alison to take the Institute into its next phase of development and, with Cheryll, look forward to supporting her transition into this new role. “

Dr Adams added:

“In the time she has been with us, Alison has more than proved her commitment and passion to the health visiting profession – an essential trait for the organisation’s next leader. Alison has real vision, talent and energy and I will enjoy watching that being translated into action.”

Alison Morton, Acting Executive Director, iHV

In conclusion, Dr Adams said:

“The Institute is now a well-established entity with a strong vision at its core. This has only been strengthened by the impacts of COVID-19, which has required us to adopt new ways of working in order to continue our activities and serve the profession and families during this challenging period.

“The impact of COVID-19 on young families has been immense. It has also shone a light on just how essential the health visiting service is – now more than ever! The government cannot afford to ignore this any longer. There is too much at stake. It is time to act and to invest in rebuilding this vital profession once more.”

We had an incredibly inspiring and motivating day at iHV’s annual Leadership Conference yesterday!

iHV’s Leadership for the future Conference (#iHVLeadership19), held on 3 December 2019 in London, was a fantastic opportunity for health professionals across the country to find out the latest in leadership in health visiting practice among like-minded professionals and peers, as well as finding out the latest on our evidence-based blue print to rebuild health visiting services – ‘Health Visiting in England: A Vision for the Future’.

Tickets were sold out and we had a full house of 200 who listened to our inspirational and passionate speakers:

  • Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Professor of Advocacy for Children and Childhood, at Nottingham Trent University and former First Children’s Commissioner for England
  • Professor Dame Sue Hill DBE, Chief Scientific Officer NHS England, national lead for Genomics
  • LEGO Professor of Play, Dr Paul Ramchandani
  • Professor Jim McManus, Vice President, Association of Directors of Public Health
  • Pauline Beirne, National Lead AHP CYP, Scottish Government
  • Sally Hogg, Head of Policy and Campaigning, Parent-Infant Foundation
  • Angie Emrys-Jones, a mum with loved experience
  • Caroline Palmer, ChatHealth
  • Julie Carter-Lindsay, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alison Morton, Director of Policy and Quality, iHV

In addition, our Guest speaker of our annual lecture was:

  • Professor Mitch Blair, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Imperial College London.

A big thank you to all our speakers, presenters and exhibitors for helping to make the day.

Some of the amazing feedback we have already received:

“Thank you iHV for the fantastic Leadership Conference yesterday. Inspirational speakers who delivered with humility. I am ready for the disruption”

“So much to share & debate. Reflecting this morning on inspiring colleagues, conversations and opportunities to take forward. Thank you”

“Thank you @iHealthVisiting for hosting such an inspiring and invigorating iHV Leadership Conference.”

“Fantastic time out for reflection and updates from great speakers”

“En route home after the BEST day at @iHealthVisiting leadership conference. I don’t need a title to be a leader. Just the willingness to be disruptive and to ‘bang the bloody door down’ of anyone who isn’t willing to listen!!”

“Such a fab day. So much to think about. Thank you @Alison_Morton2 @CheryllMa and the team behind today’s #iHVLeadership19 conference in #London. Won’t lie, head is full but so much passion for the HV service is out there, we need to make sure we keep shouting about the work we do”

“Thank you @iHealthVisiting empowering day #iHVLeadership19 hearing inspirational speakers & opportunity to network.”


We have made a short video of some of the photos taken yesterday:

Tweets from #iHVLeadership19

For those of you who could not either join us yesterday or could not follow the #iHVLeadership19 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.



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. 

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), in partnership with Focus Games Ltd, is delighted to announce the launch of the Leadership Game – a group learning tool that supports all health and social care professionals to explore, discuss and participate in collective leadership.

Effective compassionate leadership is vital at every level of health and social care. However, individuals and teams must be nurtured and supported to develop the competencies and behaviours required for effective clinical leadership. The Leadership Game is a unique group-learning tool that delivers this support.

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

“Learning by playing a game is a novel, but effective and fun, approach to education.  The Leadership Game will benefit all members of the teams who play it, helping them to acknowledge, appreciate and utilise their professional leadership contributions in their team and the wider health economy.”

The game is suitable for all health and social care staff, professionals and students that wish to learn about the practicalities of collective leadership. Its two key objectives are: to support and encourage discussion and learning around leadership roles; and to highlight the need to work together as a team and engage in active listening. The game encourages players to discuss and answer questions, allowing them to acquire new knowledge, share experiences and learn from each other. The underpinning theoretical knowledge that supports the game enables all health and social care practitioners to understand and participate in collective leadership.

The game is a ‘pop-up workshop’ that can be used anywhere, with between 2-12 players divided into 2 teams. Games usually last between 45-60 minutes and do not require a facilitator with an expert knowledge of leadership principles. The game can be used as an informal activity in the workplace, or as part of more structured training and workshops.

The game’s learning content is derived from the leadership model developed by former iHV Education Lead, Karen Stansfield as part of her Doctorate in Business Administration. It makes collective leadership accessible and meaningful for health professionals and students.

The following individual leadership development programmes are open now for applications:

  • The Mary Seacole Programme for first time leaders is open until 09 January to study in Leeds – apply here
  • The Rosalind Franklin Programme for mid-level leaders will open soon for applications – register your interest here
  • The Edward Jenner Programme for health and care staff at all levels is open year-round and free to access – start here

What a fabulous inspiring and energising day we had on Tuesday at the iHV leadership conference and annual celebration event! With over 160 delegates plus speakers and exhibitors, the room was buzzing all day. Our expert speakers were amazing and shared their key messages to the rapt audience.

The iHV Leadership for Change conference 2018 was a fantastic opportunity for health professionals across the country to find out the latest in leadership in health visiting practice among like-minded professionals and peers. Held at the Wellcome Collection, Euston, London on Tuesday, 4 December 2018.

Motivating and inspiring expert speakers included Professor Viv Bennett CBE, Chief Nursing Officer at Public Health England, Dr Jenny Godson MBE, National Lead for Oral Health Improvement, Professor Dame Sarah Cowley, Professor Alan Emond, Bristol University, Dr Barbara Stilwell, Global Campaign Executive Director at Nursing Now, the NHS Leadership Academy and Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention, Department of Health and Social Care.


We have made a short video of some of the photos taken on the day:


Tweets from #iHVLeadership18

For those of you who could not either join us on the day or could not follow the #iHVLeadership18 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.

With popular speakers such as Professor Viv Bennett CBE, Professor Dame Sarah Cowley, Dr Alain Gregoire and Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, we have an amazing programme lined up for this year’s iHV Leadership conference on 4 December.

We also welcome some new speakers covering current issues such as Professor Alan Emond, Dr Jenny Godson MBE and Karl Roberts. In addition, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention has been invited.


Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the iHV Leadership Conference 2018: Leadership for Change!


We aim to RE-ENERGISE, EDUCATE AND MOTIVATE Health visitor leaders and those working with them. 

Come and join us for an inspirational day:

  • Date: Tuesday 4 December 2017 09:00 – 18:30
  • Venue: Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London NW1 2BE


Earlybird tickets are available until midnight, 31 October 2017!  Don’t miss out – secure your earlybird ticket today!


We look forward to seeing you there.