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The iHV annual Leadership Conference has become an important date in the calendar for health visitors. Bringing together high-profile speakers, leaders, academics and practitioners, the iHV Leadership Conference will examine current and future challenges that are impacting the life chances of babies, children and families in the UK. Most importantly, we will focus on solutions and the value of health visiting. Through keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions, we will explore the latest research, policy and practice aimed at strengthening practice and collaborative working to improve health and reduce inequalities.  


Time Session
08:30 – 09:20 Registration
09:00 – 09:20 Sponsor Breakfast Session – Barnardo’s
Birmingham Forward Steps – an integrated Early Years health and wellbeing model
Kirsty Edgson | Strategic Lead for Health Visiting, Barnardo’s
09:20 – 11:00 Keynote Session 1
09:20 – 09:25 Welcome
Alison Morton | CEO, Institute of Health Visiting
09:25 – 09:45 Child health challenges: what are the solutions in a cost of living crisis?
Dr Camilla Kingdon | President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
09:45 – 09:55 Q&A for Dr Camilla Kingdon
09:55 – 10:10 Lived Experience – temporary housing, poverty and health
Toni Estevez | Parent: expert by lived experience
10:10 – 10:30 The role of health visiting in reducing health inequalities
Professor Bola Owolabi | Director – National Health Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England
10:30 – 10:45 Q&A
10:45 – 11:15 Break and Exhibition
11:15 – 13:00 Keynote Session 2
11:15 – 11:20 Welcome Back
11:20 – 11:35 Why is prevention and health improvement so difficult to secure?
Paul Cairney | Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling
11:35 – 11:45 Q&A for Paul Cairney
11:45 – 12:00 What can health before pregnancy deliver?
Professor Judith Stephenson | Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health, University College London
12:00 – 12:15 Understanding and Evaluating Health Visiting in England
Dr Jenny Woodman | Associate Professor in Child and Family Policy, University College London
12:15 – 12:30 Use of the Alarm Distress BaBy (ADBB) scale within the health visiting provision in England: a mixed-methods study
Hilda Beauchamp | Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Lead, Institute of Health Visiting
Dr Sharin Baldwin | Senior Health Visiting Research Lead, Institute of Health Visiting
12:30 – 12:45 Creating Nurse Leaders in 0-19 Research
Louise Wolstenholme | 0-19 Research Lead (Education & Development) & Health Visitor,
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Clinical Fellow (Nursing & Midwifery Office)
Tracey Long | Nurse Consultant and NIHR Senior Research Leader: Nursing and Midwifery,
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah Lawley | 0-19 Research Lead & Health Visitor, Locala Thriving Kirklees 0-19 Service
12:45 – 13:00 Q&A
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch and Exhibition
13:45 – 15:15 Keynote Session 3
13:45 – 13:50 Welcome Back
13:50 – 14:15 Extract from Milestones Play
Response Ability Theatre
Created with the CHAMPIONS project, led by Professor Monica Lakhanpaul
(UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) and
Co-Investigator, Associate Professor Nadia Svirydzenka (De Montfort University), written by Nell Hardy (responsiblitytheatre)
14:15 – 14:30 Trends in children’s urgent and emergency care- is there a hole in the preventive care sieve?
Professor Mitch Blair | Paediatrician and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Imperial College London
14:30 – 14:45 Pan-London Workforce Project
Nicky Brown | Senior Nurse/Public Health Specialist Babies, Children and Young People, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities
14:45 – 15:00 Building a Career in Health Visiting: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr Karen Whittaker | Education and Workforce Lead, Institute of Health Visiting
15:00 – 15:15 Q&A
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:30 Keynote Session 4
15:30 – 16:20 Strategic Vision for Nursing and Midwifery
Dame Ruth May DBE | Chief Nursing Officer for England

Followed by a Panel Discussion on the Strategy and the opportunities it presents to improve health equity
Panel members
Dame Ruth May DBE | Chief Nursing Officer for England
Liz Fenton | Deputy Chief Nurse, Workforce, Training and Education Directorate, NHS England
Nicky Brown | Senior Nurse/Public Health Specialist Babies, Children and Young People, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities
Dr Helen Duncan | National Lead for Lifecourse Intelligence, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities
16:20 – 16:30 Close


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