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City staff awarded iHV fellowship

Prestigious award will enable academics to sustain and develop quality public health services for all children and families

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Three experienced health visitors and educators from the School of Health Sciences at City University London have been made fellows of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV).

IHVDr Val Thurtle (Programme Manager for the BSc /PGDip/ MSc Public Health), Jane Horsfall (Lecturer Practitioner in Health Visiting) and Pauline Sham Peng Tong (health visitor and PhD student at City) were given the award at a conferment ceremony held at Church House Westminster Abbey on March 11th. The ceremony was also attended by Dr Dan Poulter MP and Professor Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing at Public Health England.

The fellowship award will enable City’s staff and students to contribute to the growing network of expert health visitor leaders who could work with the Institute to help sustain and develop quality public health services for all children and families and also strengthen local professional capacity. Ros Bryar, Professor of Community and Primary Care Nursing at City University London is also a trustee of the Institute and was present at the ceremony.

Speaking about the award, Dr Val Thurtle, Programme Manager for the BSc /PGDip/ MSc Public Health, said: “Becoming Fellows has increased our credibility with students and parents. It affirms our potential to develop the work force and to contribute to policy development, parliamentary groups, the development of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines and wherever the voice of the profession is required. Conferment of this prestigious fellowship is good for the individual, the employer and the profession but most significantly it is part of sustaining and developing quality public health services for all children and families.”

The Institute of Health Visiting is a UK Centre of Excellence supporting the development of universally high-quality health visiting practice. It was launched in 2012 to promote excellence in health visiting practice to benefit all children, families and communities.

The Application process was extremely competitive, with the Institute looking for evidence of expertise in clinical practice and also of improving outcomes for children and families. In addition they were also looking to see leadership skills and of any academic and research work that has had an impact on policy or practice. Applicants also had to submit an up to date CV and testimonials from users or students along with a reference from a colleague and a senior professional.

Picture: Professor Ros Bryar, Dr Val Thurtle, Jane Horsfall and Pauline Sham Peng Tong after the conferment ceremony

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