What an amazing and packed day we had yesterday at the iHV Evidence-based Practice Conference 2023: Hope for the future. We had a full house – with more than 300 people including delegates, exhibitors and speakers!
Held on Thursday 21 September 2023 at King’s House Conference Centre, Manchester, it was the must-attend event in 2023 for those interested in health equity and a brighter future, where all babies can thrive and live healthy lives. We looked to see how can we use the best available evidence and research to promote health equity and strengthen health visiting practice.
The conference showcased the very best of health visiting practice and research. From start to finish, the event was packed with examples of the difference that health visiting can make, led by practitioners with the vision to make the most of the opportunities, and navigate a path through the challenges, to a better future.
Long-standing health care 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.
Our conference programme brought together local, national, and international experts and speakers who are focused on strengthening health visiting practice. Our speakers focused on how we can build on the present to help shape the future of health visiting and tackle inequalities and improve outcomes for babies, children and families.
With 4 concurrent sessions running during the morning and another 4 concurrent sessions in the afternoon, in addition to the morning and afternoon keynote sessions, there was plenty for the delegates to listen to and learn about.
Some early comments and feedback:
Thanks for a great conference. My head was buzzing all night thinking of ways to introduce all the learning from yesterday.
All great – I have left conference feeling newly committed to make a difference.
Parent voice session with Mike Hurst and Louise Harmer will stay with me for a long time. I will always say Why? from now on and think of them.
Overall the whole day was jam packed and engaging with lots to take away and reflect on.
The whole day was inspirational and interesting.
We travelled a long way to the conference but it was worth every hour to talk to others from all over the country, share ideas and good practice and also know we are all in it together improving families lives.
Excellent day! Thank you
A brilliant day.
What a fantastic day.
Very informative conference – I will very definitely like to attend the next one.