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At the Institute we are asked to contribute to health and social care policies that have the potential to impact on public health and health visiting.

We see this as a very important part of our work as it allows the Institute to provide a voice for health visiting and keep the work health visitors undertake, and the contribution they make to children, families and communities, high on the policy agenda.

We use every opportunity to raise the national profile of health visiting and the profession.

On this page, we share information on our activities in raising the national profile of health visiting. We also publish our responses to consultations on another page – please see link below for further information.

Films and podcasts

Letters and publications are listed below the films and podcasts.

View iHV Film – Health visiting in your community – December 2022

  • A short film which showcases the breadth of health visitors’ work and their critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of thousands and thousands of families every week.
  • Please do share this film widely – you have our permission to include the links in your local resources.

View iHV Film – Voices from practice – December 2022

  • Alongside our main film, ‘Health visiting in your community’, the iHV also produced a shorter film ‘Voices from practice’. In this 2½ minute film, some of the health visitor ‘stars’ from our main film above share a bit more about why they chose to become a health visitor and what the role means to them.
  • Please do share this film widely – you have our permission to include the links in your local resources.

Listen to The 1001 Critical Days podcast – Alison Morton – August 2022

  • As part of a series of podcasts on the first 1001 days of life, Alison Morton, speaks to Dame Andrea Leadsom DBE on the importance of health visiting. Published in August 2022, this podcast was recorded in 2021 following the announcement of the government’s investment in the ‘Start for Life’ vision.

Watch the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Conception to Age Two meeting held on 22 February 2022.

  • Chaired by Tim Loughton MP, the topic was ‘Midwives, Health Visitors and Family Hubs’. Listen to Alison Morton, Executive Director iHV, giving evidence on the challenges and opportunities facing health visiting – from 1:10:52 until 1:23:00.

Watch the Parliamentary debate on the “Provision of healthcare support services in the period between conception and age two”- 15 December 2020 in Westminster Hall

Watch the Parliamentary debate on the “Reduction in the number of health visitors in England” – 23 October 2019 in Westminster Hall

Letters and publications

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