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Network to improve mother and child mental health

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Nurses in England are being encouraged to join an online network to improve the mental health and psychological well-being of mothers and their infants.

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network has been set up to support frontline workers to share best practice.

It was developed by the government-backed National Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Support Service (NCSS).

Sheila Shribman, the government’s national clinical director for children, young people and maternity, said: ‘This is a good opportunity to influence antenatal and postnatal care of mothers and babies as provided for in the NICE guidelines.’

Last month interim findings from a review of child and adolescent mental health services concluded that access was patchy (NT News, 5 August, p5).

For further information visit pimh.org.uk

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