Wow, what an inspiring and amazing day we had at #iHVPIMH2021!

Our third annual Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) conference, Systems for Success, held on Wednesday 5 May 2021, was a virtual conference.

With 300 delegates, this was our largest PIMH conference ever and we were delighted that it also celebrated World Maternal Mental Health Day.

This year’s conference placed the family firmly at the centre of a whole systems approach to family mental health and wellbeing.

When thinking about systems, Aristotle said the whole is greater besides the sum of its parts – and it’s certainly true of mental health. Family mental health is complex, and whilst individuals, different professions and services can, and do, make a huge difference- we know that by joining the junctions and pulling together we can achieve so much more.

Melita Walker, Mental Health Lead at iHV, commented:

“Achieving good family mental health requires effective, strategic, integrated, inter-agency system-wide approaches, and that is exactly what the iHV Champions programmes deliver. I was delighted to celebrate that, as of World Maternal Mental Health Day, we have trained 2622 PIMH Champions, from across the very broadest range of professional backgrounds and it’s wonderful to know that many of our Champions were able to attend.

“Aristotle also said: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” I would like to thank all our wonderful speakers who certainly put their hearts and minds into #iHVPIMH2021! The conference was a great opportunity for connecting, reflecting and co-directing the future of PIMH care. We had learning from across the globe, across the UK, from professional, parental and organisational perspectives, and, as ever, our conference was grounded in evidence and the wisdom of families and practitioners throughout.

“I would like to thank our many partners within the PIMH systems who have contributed to the success of the Institute’s Work in Mental Health. We could not have done it without you. We can’t do it without you! A special thank you to our Champions and Parent colleagues, and also to the AIM Foundation for their encouragement, belief and continued support of the Institute’s Work in Mental Health.”

We are receiving some amazing feedback from the conference:

It was a fantastic conference with amazing speakers such powerful presentations well done team iHV

#iHVPIMH2021 what a fantastic and inspiring day. Having speakers from the devolved nations really added to the programme for me

Thank you @iHealthVisiting for a great #iHVPIMH2021 conference! Thanks to the fabulous speakers who presented. May we all continue to ensure we build a fair system that leaves no one behind!

#iHVPIMH2021 #WorldMaternalMentalHealthDay wow my first iHVPIMH Conference and what an inspiring day it has been. Thank you @iHealthVisiting

Thank you @IHV @Alison_Morton2 @melita_walker for an incredibly action packed conference. #iHVPIMH2021

Speakers included:

  • Luciana Berger Chair, Maternal Mental Health Alliance
  • Sally Hogg Head of Policy and Campaigning , Parent-Infant Foundation
  • Dr Ruth Oshikanlu MBE, Independent Health Visitor and Executive Director , Goal Mind
  • Dr Billie Lever Taylor, Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, University College London and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Roch Cantwell Lead Clinician, Vice-Chair and Perinatal Psychiatrist, Perinatal Mental Health Network Scotland, Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board
  • Dr Vicky Fallon, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Louise Howard, President, MARCE International Society
  • Dr Alain Gregoire, Founder, Former Chair, and now Honorary President, Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Conference recordings and presentations

Recordings from the day’s proceedings and presentation pdfs are available for conference delegates – via our conference website – you will need your conference registration number to access.

If you were not able to join us on the day, you can still purchase access to view our conference recordings. Click here to find out more and, if you are an iHV member, use your membership number as your discount code too!

Have a quick spin through all the tweets collated from day in the Wakelet link below – so much to see! So, don’t miss out



Bookings are now open, with member discounts and earlybird rates, for the iHV PIMH ‘Systems for Success’ Conference, being held virtually on Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to attend the iHV’s annual Perinatal & Infant Mental conference which we are bringing to you virtually. Originally planned for March 2020 in Manchester, which was postponed due to the current pandemic, we are delighted to be able to confirm our fabulous programme and booking details for our virtual event in May.

We have a fabulous line up of speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds so we can really come together to connect across boundaries and reflect on the latest evidence, research and experiences of PIMH care.

Event Details

  • Time: 09:30 – 16:35
  • Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2021
  • Venue: Online via Zoom

Delegate fees:

We are delighted to offer earlybird rates, with further special rates for our members and PIMH Champion members.

Earlybird ends 5pm Friday 26 March

iHV Members, iHV Champion Members and non-members can take advantage of our earlybird delegate rate until 26  March.

  • For iHV Members, just ensure that you have your membership number ready to use as your member discount code to secure your reduced delegate rate.
  • If you are an iHV Champion Member (PIMH, IMH, PMH), SCPHN Student Member or a Retired Health Visitor Member please email [email protected] for details on how to purchase your discounted tickets.
  • If you are not an iHV Member and want to access the special earlybird rate for our members, please join us today to receive your membership number to secure your reduced delegate rate.

Should you need any help at all, please email us on [email protected] for assistance.