Fellows

What is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting (FiHV)?

Fellows are health visitors with exceptional leadership qualities delivering excellence in practice. They are known as professionals who 'push the boundaries', have an entrepreneurial spirit and have made a real difference to the health outcomes of children, families and communities. Whilst many are from clinical practice, some also come from research and education.

To be fully honoured as an FiHV, applicants will participate in a 4 day Fellows Leadership Development Programme which will end with a conferment ceremony on 11 March 2015.     

Why should YOU become a Fellow?

Join the country's prestigious group of expert health visitors to:

  • Lead the next generation of health visitors
  • Contribute to the national development of your profession
  • Become an ambassador for health visiting
  • Be recognised as a unique resource for your organisation
  • Provide best practice guidance for your peers
  • Be a key asset for your organisation as the health visiting service transitions to local authority commissioning

The Fellows programme is sponsored by the Department of Health, England and endorsed by Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing, Department of Health

What do YOU get?

  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Enhanced career prospects
  • Increased professional recognition

 The iHV offers its Fellows

  • A 4 day Fellows Leadership Development Programme
  • Membership of the e-Community of Practice
  • Regional network sessions to review policy and contribute to the profession's body of knowledge
  • Opportunties to join and influence national working groups
  • Access to opinion leaders and policy makers 
  • Priority access to masterclasses
  • Annual Fellows Conference

 Could you be a Fellow?

  • Are you an associate member of the iHV working in England? If you have not yet joined, check with your senior nurse if your organisation has corporate membership.
  • Do you have at least five years’ experience in health visiting, or can demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities with firm evidence of positive outcomes for children, families and communities
  • Can you evidence continuing substantive contributions to the profession?
  • Do you have the support of your service users, peers and organisation?

If you answered 'YES' to all of these questions, you might well be one of our next Fellows. Please follow the flow chart opposite and complete the documentation below.

SINCE THE LAST E-ALERT WE HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY MANY HVs ASKING FOR AN EXTENSION TO THE DEADLINE.....SO YOU HAVE UNTIL 6pm ON THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBER TO APPLY TO JOIN THE FELLOWS PROGRAMME 

We know there are hundreds of outstanding HVs in England delivering excellence in practice and who could be an inspirational leader locally, regionally or nationally in the future. It might be that you are already well recognised for your leadership qualities.

Most of our Fellows are from clinical practice and some are from education and research; all are delivering excellence in practice......

For any additional information about the Fellows Award, please contact Anita McCrum, FiHV Project Manager by email.