October 2015 Blog

Welcome to October 2015’s Blog!


We hope that you find the October blog useful and informative, if you have any comments please feed back to Rachael Moore, Health Visitor Programme Support at rachael.moore5@nhs.net.

So now that Halloween is out of the way, it is 53 days until Christmas!


Annual Educators Conference – 15th October 2015, Centre Parcs, Elveden Forest 

The Annual Educators Conference was held on 15th October, and by all accounts had over 200 very happy delegates from across the multi-professional education community.

Kevin O'Regan finalist picture

Keynote speaker Sue Hignett gave a great talk on human factors and ergonomics, whilst Bill Irish, Postgraduate Dean and Rob Bowman, Director of the LETB,  gave updates on some of the great work HEE has been involved in locally, facilitated by Alex Baxter, Head of Education and Quality.

The day was rounded off with the HEEoE Quality in Education and Training Awards, recognising 11 winners for their contribution to quality and education.

Kevin O’Regan was a finalist in the Educator of the Year award along with two others and gave 2 presentations to delegates in the afternoon regarding his role as a CPT. To view Kevin’s presentation, please click on the following link:

Kevin O’Regan presentation

You can see all the tweets from the day by searching for #eoeConf.

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In 2015, so far, this blog has been viewed 2264 times! 

Revalidation: Information and links from the NMC

Last week our governing Council gave revalidation the go-ahead. This is the new way to renew your registration every three years and replaces Prep. 

The first nurses and midwives will revalidate from April 2016.Revalidation nurse

Our essential new guide, how to revalidate, is now available on our website. You can also check out other new resources, including information for employers and confirmers. More tools and resources to support nurses, midwives and employers will be added to our website soon.

Revalidation is a straightforward process that will help you to demonstrate that you practise safely and effectively. You will need an NMC Online account to revalidate, so make sure you open an account to find out your renewal date.

 NMC logoWe’re teaming up with @WeNurses for a Twitter chat on Tuesday 27 October at 20:00. Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, will be focusing on the reflective discussion, confirmation and verification. Follow us at @nmcnews to find out more.

0-19 Celebratory Event – SEPT Bedfordshire, 15th October 2015

Sept Bedfordshire 0-19 teams enjoyed a an interactive and motivational day with their colleagues away from practice.

Approximately 120 staff attended the event which consisted of a mix of sharing good practice through presentations and workshops looking at strengths and’ could do betters’ with teams developing action plans to implement and drive practice forward.

The highlight of the day was the award ceremony. A large number of nominations were received for all four categories

Awards went to:

Mary Evans HV/ PT for Outstanding Educator

Jasmine Benson HCA and Barbara Murray Team admin for Unsung Hero’s award

Kerry Dufraisse SN Practice Development Lead for Outstanding Health Professional and finally

Janet Heywood HV/PT, Mary Evans HV/PT, Karen Newton HV/PT, Donna Wharton HV/PT, Alison Southwell HV/PT, Geraldine Collins SN/PT and Beverly Kavanagh SN/PT won the award for Most Supportive Team.

The event was also attended by our partners from CAMHs and the Local Authority.

For further information please contact Glenda Hall, 0- 19 Locality Manager, Bedford Borough at: glendahall@nhs.net


UCL partnersHealth Visiting Showcase Event with UCL Partners (Academic Health Science Partnership)

This took place at Mary Ward House, Tavistock Place on 14th October 2015 and was chaired by Cheryl Adams from IHV. It showcased a number of research projects with UCL partners and providers. It was attended by guest speaker Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse, PHE, who gave a presentation on ‘Getting it Right in the Early Years’.

Please click on the  link below for access to the slides from the Health Visiting Showcase Event.

Showcase combined presentation_final_14Oct15

VivBennett UCL Partners 14 Oct 2015 Getting it Right in Early Years final


Sustain STEPS® to Excellence for Health Visitors

East of England Evaluation Report:


Sustain STEPS® to Excellence is a highly acclaimed three-day personal effectiveness course which has been specifically adapted to meet the needs of the NHS. It aims to give delegates the necessary tools to improve their working and personal lives by increasing their motivation, empowering them to take on greater responsibility and giving them the confidence to change.

It has been rolled out to more than 1,000 health visiting staff across the East of England.


Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference 2015 – 17th and 18th November 2015, Manchesterunitecphvalogo

The Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference 2015 is the leading event for community practitioners in the UK. Bringing together colleagues from around the country, this is a unique opportunity for you to hear the latest professional and strategic changes that will affect your day to day practice while developing core skills to ensure you are remaining at the forefront of public health nursing.

Listed below are some of the dedicated sessions:

  • Revalidation: find out what you need to know about the new process of renewing your registration with expert guidance from the NMC
  • Mental health: Topics that are prevalent in today’s society including teenage health and pornography, suicide risk and perinatal mental health
  • Masterclasses: You can choose which masterclasses are relevant to your needs with topics such as on children with parents in prison, child sexual exploitation and self-harm.
  • Application of technology: Hear how you can make the most of informatics, social media, and what your clients need to be aware of to ensure safe and responsible use of technology

You will also receive up to 14.5 CPD hours to put towards your portfolio.

You can register your place here or you can call me on 0207 214 0555.

Useful Information – Updates and Publications 

Kings Fund

Inequalities in life expectancy assesses how the Marmot curve has changed over time and what that tells us about the success or otherwise of government policy on inequalities in health over the period 1999–2003 to 2006–10. This study brings together, for the first time at a small area level, data on a wide array of variables for 6,700 areas of England on wider determinants, lifestyles, demographics and public service variables widely thought to be significant in determining health and health inequalities.

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/inequalities-life-expectancy – Published 11 August 2015, David Buck and David Maguire.


From 1 October 2015 the responsibility for the commissioning of children’s 0 to 5 years public health services moves from NHS England to local authorities. This process will complete the transfer of public health responsibilities from the NHS to local authorities that started in April 2013 and will mean that local authorities will have commissioning responsibilities for children’s and young people’s public health services across the 0 to 19 age range. Follow the below link for further details:


Measuring child development at age 2 to 2.5 years – Publications – Updated in October 2015 to include information on how to submit data on the indicator to HSCIC and about the introduction of the ASQ Social and Emotional questionnaire.


Stories from health visitors and service users demonstrating the work and benefits of the transformed health visitor service structured around the 4, 5 ,6 model:


PHE logo

These documents outline the problem of social isolation in relation to public health.

Presented in 3 sections, they include:

  • evidence on the link between social isolation, poor health outcomes and health inequalities
  • identification of who is at risk of social isolation and what impact this has on health inequalities
  • possible interventions to reduce social isolation in identified populations




Developed by OnePlusOne this will be a useful resource for health visitors to support parental and family relationships. The guide will aid health visitors to identify signs of relationship distress, and provides useful contacts to signpost parents experiencing such difficulties.



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