Northampton health visitor proves she’s a ‘jolly good fellow!”

Carol Baldwin from Northampton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is one of forty one outstanding health visitors who have been identified to join the prestigious Institute of Health Visiting’s Fellowship programme - taking the total number of Fellows appointed so far this year to 121.

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) Fellow scheme recognises the professional achievement of exceptional health visitors – creating a new country-wide group of expert and confident health visitor leaders who make a real difference to the health outcomes of children and their families.

Dr Cheryll Adams, director of the iHV, said: “We are delighted to appoint a further twenty one Fellows to the Institute to strengthen leadership in the health visiting profession and to help develop the next generation of health visitors.

“There is immense talent in our profession and our Fellows lead the way in pushing the boundaries to ensure excellence in practice.”

Carol is a qualified general nurse and has worked as a midwife in both hospital and community settings. She has been a health visitor since 2000 practicing mainly in Kettering. For the last eight years Carol has also been a Practice Teacher working closely with mentors and the University to train new health visitors.

Angela Hillery, Chief Executive of NHFT said: “I am delighted and proud that Carol’s hard work over the years in health visiting is deservedly recognised by the award of her Fellowship from the Institute of Health Visiting.

“During the Health Visitor ‘Call to Action’, which has seen an amazing increase in Health Visitor numbers and investment in training and development, Carol has been one of the Trust’s Practice Development Leads ensuring high quality, evidence based practice across the County.”

As a new Fellow, Carol is invited to undertake a four-day leadership development programme, and will be awarded her certificate at a celebration event on March 11, 2015.

Becoming a Fellow is just the start of a journey with the iHV. Together, the Fellows and the Institute will develop the next generation of health visitors; integrate new policy and research into practice; whilst ensuring they and their colleagues continue to make a real difference to the health outcomes of children and their families.

For the full list of the new Fellows, visit