An integrated training approach through multi-agency training is central to the future of coordinated and integrated perinatal care for families. We offer our training programmes across the workforce, including health visiting, maternity and neonatal care, mental health professionals, social care, early years and voluntary organisations supporting parents and carers.
What is Awareness training?
The Awareness format of training is excellent for growing knowledge and confidence across the workforce. The Awareness training aims to offer the same high quality learning experience as our Champions training, to support participants to develop the mindset and skills required to work effectively with families in the perinatal period, to promote good emotional health, offer evidence-based assessment and support, and know when to refer on to other services.
Following training the participants receive access to resources for consolidation of their own learning only, and there is no access to materials to support a cascade of Awareness training (see Champions for this format of training).
The LGBTQI+ People & PMH Awareness programme is recognised as Level 1 learning for the Start for Life Family Hubs initiative and is suitable and currently used to support learning across a wide range of professional disciplines.
What is Champions training?
The Champions model of training is excellent for sustainability and growing the capacity of a workforce to meet its own needs for future training. Following training the Champions can use resources provided to undertake a cascade of awareness training to colleagues (where agreed locally).
The Champions programme also aims to support informal leadership and advocacy for the subject. Champions are intended to be advocates for families impacted within their local area, be a resource for colleagues around the subject (in line with their scope of practice) and empower colleagues to promote parity of esteem for LGBTQI+ People with PMH, become involved in supporting and progressing integrated care pathways/initiatives in their area, and promote evidence-based practice for the subject within their work.
Attributes of a Champion include: having an interest in LGBTQI+ mental health care perinatally, being a good communicator and having the confidence to promote the subject with others (or train from a lesson plan and resources), and being organised and able to contribute to initiatives being developed in their workplace or deliver small groups of awareness training (where agreed locally).