Quality assurance protects the safety and health of the public by ensuring that health professionals are competent to practice by maintaining high standards of practice (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2013).
One of the key purposes of the Institute is to promote and support high quality health visiting practice. We believe that we can do this by providing training that is contemporary and meets the needs of the changing work environments that health visitors practice in.
All our training is developed by experts in the field and we have a rigorous quality assurance process to ensure the training is delivered and evaluated to a high standard. This includes pre and post test self-evaluations of knowledge and skills before and after training. All evaluations are scrutinised and actioned to ensure constant learning and improvement of the training delivered.
We are committed to continuing to raise the profile of quality assurance within service provider organisations and with this in mind continue to develop tools that will assist in the benchmarking of quality to assist best practice, for example in areas such as the retention of health visitors.
The Head of Department, Education and Quality oversees the iHV Education strategy, leads the development of the iHV Training Programme, ensures that quality assurance processes are adhered to (so that only quality training and events are delivered by the Institute), and oversees the development of the iHV Training Team (amongst other responsibilities).