The Bristol, Somerset & Gloucestershire
Infant Mental Health Hub

A hub within AiMH UK

The new Infant Mental Health hub for Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire is led by our ‘hub leads’ Rachel Pardoe and Erica Wright. Details and posts below. If you would like to join this hub, select it when you register for AIMH membership. We look forward to hearing from you.

The AiMH UK Infant Mental Health Hubs enable members to connect across professions and levels within geographical areas, to help to develop and co-ordinate our thinking and practice around Infant Mental Health issues in our work. If you would like something posted here, contact your Hub leads on the Hub Discussion Forum (big blue link below).

AIMH hub lead Rachel Pardoe

Rachel Pardoe

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, with 27 years’ experience of working with infants, children, adolescents and their parents, in NHS CAMHS and perinatal services. Now working in independent practice, offering VIG to parents and infants, and delivering training in IMH. More...

Trained at the Tavistock & Portman Clinic, London. Teaches on AFC ITSIEY Programme, and University of Bath Clinical Psychology doctorate programme. www.EarlyYES.co.uk

AIMH hub lead Erica Wright

Erica Wright

Executive Committee Member, AIMH (UK). Health Visitor and Primary Infant Mental Health Specialist (Retired). Erica trained and worked in the NHS as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. More...

After raising a family she completed Health Visitor training and worked in Bristol. In the course of this work she developed a special interest in Infant Mental Health. Following related MA studies she was recruited to work in a CAMHS team in Bristol as a Primary Infant Mental Health Specialist.

Since retiring she has been engaged in promoting Infant Mental Health and in 2019 was invited to serve on the AIMH UK Executive Committee

Discussion forum

Share insight, explore issues, and ask other professionals for their experience and expertise in the Bristol & West hub forum.

Posts from the Bristol, Somerset & Glos. Infant Mental Health hub

News and events below.

IMH discussion on Birmingham radio

On Tuesday 8th December, Rachel Pardoe (child psychotherapist and AiMH Bristol Hub lead) was invited to be a guest speaker on Birmingham’s Unity Radio ‘parenting hour’ programme. The weekly feature is hosted by Kathleen Roche-Nagi (Managing Director of Approachable Parenting and AiMH Birmingham and West Midlands Hub lead). Rachel Pardoe invited Rachel Allender (child psychotherapist and AiMH Bristol Hub member) to join her on the show.

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents, then join AiMH UK.

Engaging Fathers & Working during COVID

Friday 22 January 2021 9.30-12.00

Dr Cerith Waters (Senior Lecturer, Clinical Lead for perinatal services, Cardiff; accredited VIG practitioner) and Rachel Pardoe (Child Psychotherapist, VIG supervisor).

The importance of including fathers in interventions that address emerging problems in the parent-infant relationship: a VIG case example

Online Zoom event – open to all members and non-members (members still need to ‘buy’ a ticket via the Eventbrite link below)

Reflections on the AiMH UK conference

Mentalising in the time of COVID-19: Restoring our ability to think about babies

Some reflections on the AiMH national conference. Do go to the AiMH UK-wide forum to read people’s reflections, and add your own.

At the end of the conference, there was some brief online discussion – lots of questions, and a keenness to understand more about Peter Fonagy’s presentation, and the implications for IMH practice. I look forward to seeing the slide handouts.

I was struck by 2 things in particular:

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents, then join AiMH UK.