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The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is pleased to offer an accreditation scheme for products relevant to health visitors and health professionals working with children, families and communities.

The iHV accreditation scheme will allow health visitors to recognise specific products deemed to meet quality standards for which they can accrue accredited continuous professional development (CPD) hours in line with their professional development. This will support the requirements set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for revalidation for health visitors.

The iHV does not award academic credits. However, the accreditation scheme does provide a quality indicator of CPD activities and can provide practitioners with greater levels of confidence in the product or programme.

Who can be accredited?

First and foremost, the accreditation scheme focuses on accrediting educational activities and products by providers specifically for health visiting practice. However, the accreditation scheme can be extended in certain circumstances. Allied health professions and associated health care practitioners might also wish to accredit with the iHV if their activities or products are of multi-agency interest but are relevant to health visitors. We would look to ensure that the provider’s aim aligned with ours; to raise standards of practice and seek to improve health outcomes for children, families and communities.

What do we accredit?

Activities and products that can be accredited by the iHV include the following:

  • Conferences
  • Resources e.g. Books, films
  • Short courses
  • Training packs

What happens next?

There are costs attached to the accreditation process. Costs vary depending on what is being accredited.

Timescales for completion of the process will be outlined once suitability of the product/activity and costs have been agreed.

Submission of a range of evidence to support your application will be necessary to ensure that the process is carried out with due diligence. You will be advised what will be required for robust and systematic evaluation by the iHV Accreditation Review Panel.

If you would like further information about our accreditation scheme, please contact [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you.