Infant mental health training for 120 Hertfordshire professionals
Frontline professionals working with families of babies and young children in Hertfordshire are being trained to improve their understanding of infant mental health.
Hertfordshire’s two NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have funded 120 places on an online course, Infant Mental Health Online (IMHOL) run by the University of Warwick.
The first cohort of 60 professionals from across the county finished the course a few weeks ago. The second group, including GPs, a midwife, social workers and children’s centre staff, started their studies this month (September).
Tracey Oliver, staff nurse at mental health services provider Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) who joined the first group, said: “Working with mothers experiencing mental health issues, it has made me more aware of the needs of the babies within our setting and the importance of our role in supporting these mothers in ensuring their babies' emotional needs are met. I have already recommended that all our staff have the opportunity to access this training.”