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Achieving the 5 Year Forward View in Perinatal Mental Health Services

Chaired by Elaine Hanzak Survivor of Postnatal Illness and Perinatal Mental Health Advocate Speaker, this conference will provide you with practical information and inspiration to take back to your organisation and utilise in implementing and improving perinatal mental health care in line with the 5 Year Forward View.

Speakers and presentations:

Delivering an Effective, Whole Family Focused Post Natal Depression Service

Jessica Warne Founder and Managing Director Cocoon Family Support

  • delivering a person shaped, whole family focused, perinatal service

Jessica Warne's Full Presentation Click Here

In her presentation Jessica stated: 

“We are passionate about looking at the family as a whole not just the mum”

“Many people don’t have family support when the mum is ill – we tailor our support to try and fill that gap”

“We offer Peer Support services - We believe meeting others in a similar situation, reducing social isolation and developing friendships are essential to recovery. We also believe that offering services for the family as a whole is vital for encouraging recovery. We ensure fathers/partners have equal access to our supportive services, offering mirroring or inclusive services.”

“We also know that some fathers that doe like to sit around talking about there feelings so we over them there own space in the form of a games room and that they are coming along to support there wives. We find that they naturally start talking to other dads in this situation”

“Our regular support groups offer families a chance to meet, learn and recover together”

“We offer a course for mums with children under 6 months – the success of this course has been great and we are now offering tis course to dads also”

“It is important, when supporting a parent, to take into account the various aspects of their life. Looking at the parent as a WHOLE person, not separating their physical/social/mental health.”

“We have introduced our perinatal mental health ‘Wellness Wheel’, when monitoring the parents in our care and assessing what services might benefit them. This wheel gives us the opportunity to take a snapshot look at various aspects of their life that may be having an impact on their emotional wellbeing”

“We have designed different services to ensure the whole family is involved one of our services is using music to bond and heal”

Jessica Warne’s Abstract: 

Jessica spoke about how Cocoon works within the community, complementing local clinical services. She also be discussed the importance of offering a person shaped, whole family service, how Cocoon has creatively implemented this and the impact this has had with service users.

Jessica Warne’s Biography:

Jessica Warne is the founder and managing director for London based charity, Cocoon Family Support. Cocoon Family Support is a small charity that offers services to support families affected by perinatal mental health issues. Jessica founded the charity as a consequence of her own experiences, realising how little practical and effective support their was for families in London. Cocoon Family Support provides peer support services, counselling services, creative therapies for the whole family and much more, working to compliment and partner clinical support. Please visit for further information about Cocoon Family Support

NHS Benchmarking network update: The Perinatal Mental Health service

Dr Arokia Antonysamy Clinical Lead Mental Health NHS Benchmarking network Deputy Medical Director Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Arokia Antonysamy’s Full presentation Click Here 

In her presentation Dr Arokia Antonysamy stated: 

“20% of women are affected by mental health problems in the perinatal period. They may develop conditions such as antenatal and postnatal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and postpartum psychosis. These conditions may start as early as 1 day up to a year after delivery.”

“Maternal factors of poor detection can include Stigma, putting on a brave face, fear of being thought a ‘bad mother’, fear the baby may be taken away, not knowing what is ‘normal’ and not knowing if treatment will help.”

“Fear of the baby being taken away is key – mothers that get calls from social service have that fear and healthcare are associated with them. It is always important to keep this is mind”

“Primary care factors of poor detection can include not asking the patient, time constraints when in a consultation, lacking the training or confidence, lack of access to specialist services and normalising or dismissing symptoms”

“It is really important that we listen to our patients and ask the questions that need to be asked”

“RCOG Report in 2017 found only 7% of women surveyed were referred to specialist perinatal mental health care, for 38% of the women referred to specialist perinatal mental health care, it took over 4 weeks to be seen, with some waiting up to a year from treatment. 1 in 8 partners of women surveyed experienced mental health problems and most received no support”

“10% of men experience postnatal depression – sometimes the mums can be fine but the dad can be suffering”

“The NHS Benchmarking Network collected data from 58 MH Trusts during June/July 2016, looking at both patient level and service level. 62 submissions where received in total.”

“We have a huge responsibility to bring down the number of women admitted under the Mental Health Act. This is not what the patient wants”

Dr Arokia Antonysamy’s Biography:

Dr. Arokia Antonysamy (known as Samy) is Deputy Medical Director, Kent Community Health Foundation Trust and Consultant Psychiatrist at Ministry of Defence, DCMH, Woolwich. She is the National Clinical Lead for Mental Health at the NHS Benchmarking network. She trained in General Adult Psychiatry, addictions and perinatal psychiatry.  She was awarded the ‘Rethink Academic prize’ by the Manchester Medical society in 2008 for her research project looking into patients’ satisfaction and unmet needs. She successfully completed her Master’s degree in leadership and public health in 2010 and has been involved in a number of projects locally and nationally. She won the ‘Trust Innovator’ award in 2010 for creating the ‘MaZon’ tool that helps to evaluate and monitor patients’ progress in inpatient and community settings. Her ‘Handshake project’ helped to enhance the working relationship between psychiatric professionals and general practitioners. Her team’s efforts in reducing aggression and violence in the PICU received national recognition and their positive practice and compassionate approach to patient care was broadcasted in BBC in 2014. She was recognized as a HSJ rising star in 2015 for her contribution towards health care. She was involved with NHS England on the Mental Health Intelligence and Leadership programme and provided support in the development of MINDset , a quality improvement toolkit in mental health, launched at the House of Commons in Dec 2016. Her main interests include Clinical leadership, Quality improvement in mental health, building positive relationships and conflict resolution.

Building Great Britons – 1001 critical days

Robin Balbernie Clinical Director PIP UK Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Parent Infant Partnerships UK

Robin Balbernie's Full Presentation Click Here

In his presentation Robin stated: 

“The 1001 Critical days campaign starts with the assumption that the first relationships are the most important”

“The organising brain requires patterns of sensory and emotional experience to create the patterns of neural activity that will guide the neurobiological processes involved in development.”

“A child growing up surrounded by trauma, neglect and unpredictability will only be able to develop neural systems and functional capabilities that reflect this disorganisation. – Babies adapt.”

“It is important to remember that after a traumatic event what might otherwise have been experienced as normative stress becomes overwhelming; no longer normative, now costly.”


Robin Balbernie’s Biography:

Robin Balbernie is currently clinical director of PIP UK, a national charity dedicated to help establish parent-infant projects across the United Kingdom. (See:  Previously he was Professional Lead for child psychotherapy and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Gloucestershire CAMHS. For over a decade, beginning with the Sure Start programme, he worked with the Children’s Centres in the county as clinical lead of the team providing an infant mental health service, known locally and nationally as ‘Secure Start’. He was also involved with the Intensive Baby Care Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital and ran supervision groups for Health Visitors for over 25 years. His interest in working with adopted children led him to the field of Infant Mental Health and early preventative intervention; and this became his speciality following a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship to look at related projects in America. He is an advisor to the Association of Infant Mental Health and was a member of the Young Minds’ Policy and Strategy Advisory Group. He has published papers in many journals, including the Infant Mental Health Journal, the British Journal of Psychotherapy, Family Law, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Attachment & Human Development, Young Minds, Nursery World, The International Journal of Birth & Parenting Education and the Journal of Child Psychotherapy.

Future events: 

The Mental Capacity Act Masterclass
Monday 10 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Towards the Liberty Protection Safeguards: Present practice and Implications of the 2017 Law Commission Report
Friday 14 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Learning from Outstanding Mental Health Services
Monday 17 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding
Monday 25 September 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives
Friday 29 September 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Delivering Excellence in Recovery Oriented Services in Mental Health
Monday 2 October 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Violence and aggression: short-term management of violent and physically threatening behaviour among adults, children and young people with a mental health problem
Monday 13 November 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Achieving Better Access for Mental Health Crisis Care
Friday 24 November 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

3 July 2017


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