Infant mental health training for 180 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 180 places on an online course, Infant Mental Health Online (IMHOL) run by the University of Warwick.
The third cohort of 60 professionals from across the county started the course in October 2017. Two previous groups have completed the training, including GPs, midwives, social workers and children’s centre staff, as part of the Hertfordshire child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) transformation programme.
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.”
Watch Tracey and two other IMHOL graduates talking about the benefits of the training, here.