Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership Perinatal and Infant Mental Health: Intrinsic Links and Integrated Strategies conference on November 15th, at Pen Green Resource Centre, Corby.
The last Prime Minister has announced a £290 million investment in perinatal mental health services in the five years to 2020, to give all mothers with serious mental health problems access to specialist support. This might be through perinatal classes, new community perinatal teams and more beds in mother and baby units. Should infant mental health be integrated in the delivery of perinatal mental health strategy? Significant in-roads have been made by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance over the last two years to highlight the gaps in maternal mental health. Estimating the cost burden to society of perinatal mental health issues, a staggering £8.1 billion is spent on each year’s birth cohort of mothers and children with this debilitating mental health condition. However ‘The costs of perinatal mental health problems’ report highlights that 72% of this cost relates to adverse impacts on the child rather than the mother, yet no plans exist to provide these vulnerable families any structured support integrated into the perinatal strategy, or within broader health strategy. So while extended financial plans have been developed, there is still no financial commitment from the NHS Central or Local Government to alleviate these early relationship issues with children that are massively disrupted by the mother’s mental health issues and no robust strategy exists for identifying families failing to bond. Each case has a cost to the public sector, health and the NHS of £51,000 per child. In this conference we will look at:
- Developing a forward six year vision for an integrated infant and perinatal strategy to become a sector blue print.
- Understand the impact of lack of attachment on maternal mental health and the impact of maternal mental health on the infant.
- Develop an understanding of what is working nationally in perinatal and infant mental health strategy.
- Understand how to commission outcomes for perinatal and infant mental health.
- Gain an understanding of successful integrated infant and perinatal mental health programmes.
- Explore the evidence based intrinsic links between mothers and father mental health and the infant’s mental health.
We will be joined by experts including:
- Tim Loughton MP – Chair of PIPUK and the 1001 Critical Days agenda
- Dr Amanda Jones – Professional Lead & Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist of NELFT NHS Foundation Trust’s Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service
- Dr Cheryll Adams – Executive Director and Founder of the Institute of Health Visiting
- Robin Balbernie – Clinical director of PIP UK
- Dr Raja Gangopadhyay – Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Lead Consultant Obstetrician at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Anna Day – Executive Director of Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership
- Dr Joanna Hawthorne – Psychologist and CEO of Brazelton Centre, UK: Past member: Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge
- Dr Deborah James – Associate Professor in Social Work, Education and Communities at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne
- Matthew Jenkins – Clinical Director of NorPIP, and a Consultant Child Psychotherapist
- Mark Williams – Founder of International Fathers Mental Health Day, Fathers Reaching Out and Dads Matter UK and Consultant to help other organisations build better Men’s Mental Health groups
- Dr Andrew Mayers, – Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University, Chair of Trustees at ActsFast child abuse charity, Best Beginnings Maternal Mental Health Advisory Board member, Barnardo’s Bournemouth Children’s Centres Advisory Board member and Patron of Dorset Mind & Bournemouth and District Samaritan.
- Ailsa Lamont – Parent Infant Therapist, NorPIP
- Jinny Sumner – NorPIP
- Helen Adams- Northamptonshire County Council Strategic Commissioner for Perinatal Mental health
For their full biographies, please see the attached full prospectus attached. Early booking highly advised!
For bookings, please either fill in the attached booking form, scanning and sending back or post back, or to save time please book online HERE
All funds raised from the proceeds of the conference will be used to fund therapy services at Pen Green and provide much needed funding to an area in the top 10% most deprived in the country. Please do forward on to any agencies, colleagues or parties interested in this policy area.