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Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions training in the South West – Call for Nominations

3rd November 2016

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is working with the South West Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network, with funding from Health Education England in the South West, to deliver Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Champions training across the region.

This training is consistent with the national ambition to achieve safer maternity care, with an emphasis on the importance of multi-disciplinary training for those who work with women during the perinatal period and the aim of achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health.

Nominations required for new Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions training in the South West

We are looking for organisations in the South West to nominate staff to train as Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions. Once trained, the Champions will cascade the training to other staff to help ensure safer care during the perinatal period by raising awareness and early identification of perinatal mental health issues and increasing the knowledge and skills of staff. The effectiveness of the cascaded training programme will be assessed by the iHV, which will in turn be shared with participating organisations.

Groups of multi-agency colleagues will attend a 2 day training course at one of the following locations:

Date Venue
5 & 6 January 2017 –  09.00-17.00 Holiday Inn – Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2HJ
9 & 10 February 2017 –  09.00-17.00 Holiday Inn – Filton, Bristol, BS16 1QX
9 & 10 March 2017 –  09.00-17.00 Holiday Inn – Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA

The following groups of non-medical professionals are welcome to participate in this training:

  • Midwives
  • Maternity Care Assistants
  • A&E nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Health visitors

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions are required to:

  • Attend a 2 day training course in January, February or March 2017
  • Attend follow up support for their development as a Champion in the form of face-to-face action learning sets led by the iHV (dates to be confirmed)
  • Deliver one day awareness training sessions within 6 months of their initial training to colleagues

Nomination is by submission of the Expression of Interest Form.

Please note that training places are limited, therefore we ask that you complete and return the Expression of Interest Form by Thursday 1 December 2016 to Kelle Dunn, South West Clinical Network Administrator, [email protected].

Or contact Kelle Dunn, South West Clinical Network Administrator, [email protected].