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New institute launches scheme to celebrate top health visitors

The Institute of Health Visiting has announced the rollout of a fellowship scheme to celebrate the best members of its profession.

The institute said it wanted to “acknowledge exceptional senior health visitors who have made a real difference to health outcomes for children and families” in England.

“We know there is immense talent in our profession, but too often it remains hidden”

Cheryll Adams

Last week it announced the first five Fellows of the Institute of Health Visiting. This week it said it was now seeking a further 150 “exceptional” health visitors for the full rollout of the scheme.

The institute said it was “especially looking for those health visitors’ who ‘push the boundaries’ and have an entrepreneurial spirit”. It said most fellows will be from clinical practice, but some maybe from education and research.

Each fellow will undertake a fellowship programme to develop their leadership capacity and will have a personal mentor. Some can choose to also join an academic development programme.

The institute said the scheme aimed to deliver a group of “expert and confident” health visitor leaders who would become local ambassadors for the institute.

These individuals would also be of “significant benefit” to their community healthcare providers, as they manage the transition of the health visiting service into local authority commissioning, the institute said. This transfer is due to take place in October 2015.

Institute director Cheryll Adams said: “We are delighted to be running this programme to strengthen leadership in the profession, one of our founding ambitions.

Cheryll Adams

Cheryll Adams

“We very much look forward to developing 145 more of these special health visitors in the next few months. We know there is immense talent in our profession, but too often it remains hidden,” she said.

“While we must restrict the number of fellows joining us to 150 this year, the door will be open to all talented health visitors who meet the fellows criteria in the future,” she added.

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