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Almost 400 delegates joined us for our 6th Evidence-based practice conference, held as a 2-day virtual conference on 21 and 22 September 2021.

Across the two days, we showcased the latest research and practice developments in health visiting with a fantastic line-up of expert speakers, great e-posters and some fab networking (see programme).

The conference programme brought together local, national and international speakers focused on sharing best practice examples and research to improve health visiting practice. It provided a much-needed time of reflection and learning from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on babies, young children and their families, and the services that support them. In particular, the conference focused on reducing inequalities and this was explored through a variety of different practice-related topics. What have we learnt from the pandemic? And how can we focus our efforts as we look ahead to the future with a shared ambition to build a fairer society?

Programme & Speakers

Our programme brought local, national and international speakers. The presentations and workshops reflected the breadth of health visiting practice, within a “whole system” public health approach, with the aim to equip health visitors to address key challenges in prevention and earliest intervention work with babies, children and families.

Featured speakers included:

  • Roxane Philson, Director, The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood
  • Professor Gabriella Conti, Professor of Economics, University College London
  • Camilla Kingdon, President, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Jane Monckton-Smith, Professor of Public Protection, University of Gloucestershire
  • Dr Jonathan Sher, Senior Fellow & Programme Lead, Healthier Pregnancies, Better Lives,Queen’s Institute Scotland
  • Lynne Reed National Lead for Family Nurse Partnership and Parenting Programmes and Nursing, Maternity and Early Years Directorate, Public Health England
  • Professor Jane Barlow, Professor of Evidence-based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
  • Rebecca Reynolds, Safeguarding Clinical Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Dr Ruth Oshikanlu MBE, Independent Health Visitor and Executive Director, Goal Mind
  • Sally Hogg, Head of Policy and Campaigning, Parent-Infant Foundation
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