The iHV is delighted to see publication of Standards for Practice Teaching for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) and Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) in Community Nursing by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). The iHV has been part of the Expert Advisory Group  and worked with the QNI from the inception of the project that has led to this most welcome publication. This included supporting the co-production of the Standards through our  engagement with  iHV members at iHV Networking Events for students and educators.

In recent years, our iHV members and others have raised their concerns about a lack of consistency in how health visitors are prepared and how the vital role of practice-based learning, teaching, assessment of students undertaking SCPHN programmes is supported and recognised. The QNI’s new standards set an objective benchmark for what ‘good’ looks like and will support all partners in education to develop programmes of preparation for Practice Teachers. The alignment of the standards with the Health Education England ‘four pillars’ of Advanced Practice spell out the advanced level of practice required to combine education and practice to develop a workforce. They also provide a sound basis for those working towards recognised Advanced Practitioner roles. In particular, meeting the QNI standards will enable partners to demonstrate:

Wow – what an amazing and packed day we had yesterday at the iHV Evidence-based Practice Conference 2019: Health for All Children Now. Sold out a few weeks ago, we had a full house – 300 people including delegates, exhibitors and speakers!

Held on Thursday 9 May 2019 at King’s House Conference Centre, Manchester, it was 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 included in the newly-published fifth edition of Health for All Children.

With 4 concurrent sessions running during the morning and another 4 concurrent sessions in the afternoon, in addition to the morning and afternoon plenary sessions, there was plenty for the delegates to listen to and learn about.

Photos of the conference

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

Tweets from #iHVConf19

For those of you who could not either join us yesterday or could not follow the #iHVConf19 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.



We’ve received some great abstracts already – why not send in an abstract yourself?

With only 5 days for you to submit your abstract, time is short!

Gain the opportunity to present your innovation, practice development or research at our evidence-based conference on 7 March 2018 in Manchester – with exciting prizes for best poster/presentation.

Abstract submission deadline is Wednesday 24 January – so don’t miss out!

With the conference focused on giving every child The Best Start in Life, abstracts will be considered on the following key areas:

  • Health visitor prescribing
  • Role of health visitors in immunisation
  • Childhood nutrition
  • Oral health and sugar reduction
  • Getting families active
  • Atopic conditions in early childhood
  • Early identification of childhood disorders
  • Speech, language and communication delay
  • Non-specific learning difficulties
  • Safeguarding for The Best Start in Life
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sleep
  • Working with couple relationships

Abstract Submission and Timeline

Please submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word document to [email protected].  The abstract should be no more than 250 words and provide an overview of your innovation, practice development or research, clearly indicating the impact on supporting “A Best Start in Life for all children.”

  • 24 January 2018 – Abstract submission deadline
  • 24 January – 7 February – iHV peer-review process on subsmissions
  • 7 February 2018 – participants informed of acceptance of abstracts for either oral poster presentation or a poster.  Full guidance on the poster format and oral presentation 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.

Earlybird tickets (for members and non-members) are available until 11 February 2018, so don’t miss them!

Bookings are now open, with member discounts and early bird rates, for the iHV Evidence-based Practice Conference – promoting “The Best Start in Life” – taking place in Manchester on 7 March 2018.

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 conference provides an excellent opportunity for health visitors, practice educators, SCPHN lecturers, early years workers and student health visitors to develop their role in supporting the “Best Start in Life” for all children.

It will be of interest to colleagues from the international community who are working within this arena. It provides a unique opportunity for an intense day of accredited CPD that is perfect towards revalidation and furthering the positive impact of your practice.

The iHV has gathered national speakers to provide practice-related updates from the latest research evidence, specialist practice, NICE guidance and beyond. There will also be papers and posters from health visitor peers, and academics sharing their recent research and innovation.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to attend the iHV’s Evidence-based Practice Conference.

Delegate fees:

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

Early bird rate (until midnight 11 February 2018) Standard rate (from 12 February 2018)

iHV members

£95 £125
Non-members £125




Two hundred delegates convened at Conference Aston in Birmingham on 7 March 2017 to attend the ‘Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting’ conference.  It was an evidence-packed day – full of information to take back to practice.

Fantastic feedback and comments included:

Great chance to meet up with friends old and new

Inspiring positive practice examples

Exciting, evidence-packed day

Great buzz in the room

Loads to learn and take back to practice

Informative day

Thought-provoking day


‘Seeing what a fantastic professional, efficient and dynamic organisation the institute is’

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE welcoming the delegates to the Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting conference

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE welcoming the delegates to the Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting conference

Dr Dougal Hargreaves sharing theRCPCH State of Child Health Report 2017 at the Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting conference

Dr Dougal Hargreaves sharing the RCPCH State of Child Health Report 2017 at the Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting conference


200 delegates taking part in a panel Q&A session at 'Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting' conference

200 delegates taking part in a panel Q&A session at ‘Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting’ conference

Storify summary of tweets from the day

We have collated the numerous tweets shared during the event – and put them into a Storify for you to review.


Marketplace at evidence-based practice in health visiting' conference

Marketplace at ‘Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting’ conference


A masterclass at evidence-based practice in health visiting' conference

A masterclass at ‘Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting’ conference


Another masterclass at evidence-based practice in health visiting' conference

Another masterclass at ‘Mastering evidence-based practice in health visiting’ conference


Panel Q&A session with (from left), Professor Louise Condon, Professor Sally Kendall and Dr Karen Whittaker

Panel Q&A session with (from left), Professor Louise Condon, Professor Sally Kendall and Dr Karen Whittaker

We are delighted to share two new practice guidance documents around safeguarding with our members.

These documents can be found in the members-only A-Z Resource Library under Safeguarding and also the members-only Professional Guidance section.

Safeguarding (1): Serious Case Reviews: messages for health visiting practice

This iHV practice guidance draws on the action plans that were generated by the participants of the iHV Safeguarding and Child Protection  experts’ programme and outlines the top 20 messages for health visiting practice.

Safeguarding (2): Information sharing in safeguarding children

This practice guidance will help to support health visitors in the timely, appropriate and proportionate sharing of information in safeguarding children in line with legislation, government guidance and professional regulation. Good practice in information sharing is fundamental to safeguarding children and adults who are at risk of, or suffering from, significant harm.

Please note that these guidance documents are available to iHV members only.

If you’re not a member, please join us to get access to all of our resources.

The iHV is a self-funding charity – we can only be successful in our mission to strengthen health visiting practice if the health visiting profession and its supporters join us on our journey. We rely on our membership to develop new resources for our members.

So do join us now!

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The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to announce the publication of a toolkit during #HVweek to support the measurement of outcomes in health visiting – it aims to support health visitor service leads in developing outcome measures for their local health visiting service.

There is a growing body of evidence which demonstrates that health visitors can have a positive outcome on health improvement (Cowley et al, 2013).

Health visitors are keen to show the impact of their work in early intervention, health promotion, and the prevention of ill health in children and families.  But how can this impact be measured?  What outcomes are needed?

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE., Executive Director, iHV, said:

“Since the completion of the Department of Health’s Health Visitor implementation plan ‘A Call to Action’ to transform health visiting services, there has been an increased emphasis on the need to measure the impact and effectiveness of the transformed health visiting services in England.”

Health visiting services collect data for key performance indicators as described in the National Health Visiting Core Service Specification (NHS England, 2014). These indicators mainly focus on the number of core contacts achieved, but this does not accurately reflect the depth and breadth of health visiting activity, nor does it describe the outcomes for children and families.

Dr Adams continued:

“There is now renewed pressure to demonstrate outcomes of health visiting services with the recent transfer from NHS to Local Authority Commissioning.  Local commissioners are developing their understanding of the health visitor role and how the service contributes to local and national public health outcomes, the local early years strategy and broader social, economic and fiscal outcomes.  Health visitors must therefore develop and gather information which is relevant to their practice and which captures the impact of health visiting interventions on health outcomes.”

This new toolkit, written by Ruth Hudson, Professional Officer, iHV, is broken down into six sections to explore both outcomes and evaluation in health visiting. The Practical Guide forms the introduction and background, followed by 5 sections for readers who may prefer to concentrate on a specific topic or aspect of evaluation:

  • Outcomes and Evaluation in Health Visiting: A Practical Guide
    1. Section 1: Research and Outcomes for Children and Families
    2. Section 2: Evaluation Guides and Models for use in practice
    3. Section 3: National Outcomes Frameworks, Tools and Resources
    4. Section 4: Outcomes in Health Visiting Practice
    5. Section 5: Presenting Information on Outcomes: Using Case Studies and Scale Measures in Practice