Perinatal and infant mental health programme board/Infant mental health implementation and advisory group final report

Final report of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board and the Infant Mental Health Implementation and Advisory Group which concluded in March 2023

Summary of Achievements

  • Delivery of the recommendations of Delivering Effective Services in partnership with The Women and Families Mental Health Pledge
  • Creation of a multi-agency model of infant mental health provision to meet the needs of families experiencing significant adversity, including infant developmental difficulties, parental substance misuse, domestic abuse and trauma
  • Increase from 4 to 14 Community Perinatal Mental Health Services, with enhanced staff levels and functionality
  • Creation of 14 new Infant Mental Health Services, with 7 established and 7 in development
  • Increase from 1 to 10 Maternity and Neonatal Psychological Intervention Services (enhanced staffing in 1, 7 new services created and 2 in development)
  • Enhanced staffing in Mother and Baby Units including the appointment of parent-infant therapists and peer support workers
  • Options appraisal to consider how to expand MBU provision
  • Creation of Mother and Baby Unit Family Fund
  • Increase from 1 to 3 nurse consultants in perinatal mental health to support development of a regional approach to service provision
  • Enhancement of third sector infant and perinatal mental health provision through direct funding in partnership with Inspiring Scotland
  • Increased awareness and tackling of stigma through Wellbeing for Wee Ones at ParentClub and contribution to the Babybox
  • Workforce training across all areas in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland
  • Development of peer support action plan and structures with implementation in 3 health boards
  • Coproduction across all specialties including the development of the Voice of the Infant Best Practice Guidelines and Infant Pledge
  • Development of a life-stage model of mental health care



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