MABIM tools and resources

The following tools have been developed by the Mums and Babies in Mind team for leaders working in perinatal mental health including: maternity services and GPs, commissioning, health visiting, midwifery, FNP, specialist perinatal mental health services, community and children’s services, adult mental health services, CAMHS and the voluntary and community sector.

Please download the tools, use them and send your feedback to SHogg@mentalhealth.org.uk

If you have used the Pathway Assessment Tool please give us your feedback here: complete short questionnaire

11. MABIM Masterclass Leaders’ Top Tips 7. Keeping the Baby in Mind

What is it? Keeping the Baby in Mind is a critical element of good perinatal mental health care across the system. It is critically important that professionals are able to identify any problems in the mother-infant relationship and to secure timely and effective support for families. 

What is it for? This Top Tips report explores the importance of understanding and responding to the needs of babies alongside mothers’ mental health. 

How can it be used? Commissioners, providers and clinicians can use these top tips and first hand insights when developing and improving perinatal mental health services across the whole pathway of care.

Please tweet and share the report with anyone who might find it useful.

10. MABIM Masterclass Leaders’ Top Tips 6: Making Change Happen, leadership, improvement and how to make a difference

What is it? The sixth masterclass, in January 2018, was different to previous events. Rather than focusing on a specific aspect of perinatal mental illness and service delivery, this report shows how leaders can make a difference in their services and systems.

What’s it for?  This report is for anyone who wants to use their passion for perinatal mental health to deliver real change for women and their families.

How can it be used? Commissioners, providers and clinicians can use these top tips and first hand insights when developing and improving perinatal mental health services across the whole pathway of care.

Please tweet and share the report with anyone who might find it useful.

9. MABIM Masterclass Leaders’ Top Tips 5: Reaching all communities affected by perinatal mental illness

What is it? This short report captures the key messages from our fifth masterclass which was on reaching all communities affected by perinatal mental illness.

What is it for? This report examines the huge diversity among those affected by perinatal mental illness, and looks at how we reach and support ALL parents and families affected, including those who are marginalised, have additional needs and/or fall outside ‘normal’ pathways of care.

How can it be used? Commissioners, providers and clinicians can use these top tips and first hand insights when developing and improving perinatal mental health services across the whole pathway of care.

Please tweet and share the report with anyone who might find it useful.

8. MABIM Masterclass Leaders’ Top Tips 4: User Insight and Engagement 

What is it? This short report captures the key messages from our fourth masterclass event which was on the role of user insight and experience when developing services.

What is it for? The document contains top tips from our expert speakers on including women’s voices in relation to the development and improvement of perinatal mental health pathways and services. The value of the voice from experience cannot be overestimated. The impact of timely, effective, compassionate care ultimately makes the difference between a supported and rapid recovery, or the potential for years of suffering by both mother, infant, and wider family.

How can it be used? Commissioners, providers and clinicians can use these top tips and first hand insights when developing and improving perinatal mental health services across the whole pathway of care.

Please tweet and share the report with anyone who might find it useful.

7. MABIM Masterclass Leaders’ Top Tips 3: Midwives and health visitors in perinatal mental health

What is it? This short report captures the key messages from our third masterclass event which was on the role of midwives and health visitors in perinatal mental health services.

What is it for? The document contains top tips from our expert speakers who work as midwives and health visitors within perinatal mental health.  The importance of the specialist role is included. It provides information and examples of how important the roles are within perinatal mental health and the way the specialist role can be valuable for the wider team.

How can it be used?  Commissioners, providers and clinicians can use the top tips to learn lessons from those who have experience in midwifery and health visiting and how these roles can be enhanced to provide specialist support in perinatal mental health care. Please tweet and share the report with anyone who might find it useful.

6. Tackling Stigma: postcards and posters

These resources were produced by NHS organisations and partners in Gloucestershire, in order to raise awareness of perinatal mental health issues, tackle stigma and signpost to useful sources of support. They have been distributed in public buildings and are used by health professionals, including midwives and health visitors. If you would like to find out more about the materials please email 2gnft.comms@nhs.net.

5. Twitter Tutorial: Using Twitter for Perinatal Mental Health

Laura Wood is a mum with lived experience who campaigns for better perinatal mental health. Laura has put together this tutorial to help professionals working in the sector to make the most of Twitter for perinatal mental health.

4. MABIM Masterclass Leaders’ Top Tips 2: Commissioning Perinatal Mental Health Services

 

What is it? This short report captures the key messages from our second masterclass event which was on commissioning perinatal mental health services.

What is it for? The document contains top tips from our expert speakers who have experience in commissioning. It provides insights and ideas for anyone who is involved in commissioning perinatal mental health services or who wants to understand more about the commissioning process.

How can it be used?  Commissioners, providers and clinicians can use the top tips to learn lessons from those who have had experience in commissioning perinatal mental health services. Please tweet and share the report with anyone who might find it useful.

3. Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Teams: Toolkit and Leader’s Top Tips

3.1 Toolkit: Developing a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Service

What is it? The toolkit is a set of 17 documents, templates and tools (including job descriptions, letters, referral forms and planning templates) from existing perinatal mental health community services. They have been provided by services in Hampshire, Berkshire and Devon.

What is it for? Anyone setting up or running a specialist perinatal mental health service can use the toolkit to get ideas and inspiration for their own resources. We hope to share learning and prevent people ‘reinventing the wheel.’

How can it be used? These resources can be copied or adapted by other specialist community teams who are looking to create or improve the resources and tools they use.

If what I need isn’t there? Ask the MABIM team – we may be able to find it and add it to the toolkit. if you have something you think would be worth adding please email SHogg@mentalhealth.org.uk

3.2 MABIM Masterclass Leaders’ Top Tips 1: Developing a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Service

What is it? This short report captures the key messages from our masterclass event on developing specialist perinatal mental health community services.

What is it for? The document contains top tips from our expert speakers who have experience in developing and leading specialist services. It provides insights and ideas for anyone on the journey to setting up a successful community service.

How can it be used?  Commissioners, providers and clinicians can use the top tips to learn lessons from existing perinatal mental health community services. Please tweet and share the report with anyone who might find it useful.

2. MABIM Baby Scenarios

What is it? This list of scenarios – described from a baby’s point of view – is a discussion tool to help you to review the services that exist in your area for women with perinatal mental illness and their families, and whether services are equipped to identify risks and issues when they arise.

What is it for? To help you to understand and review the services and pathways for vulnerable women and their babies.

How can it be used?  We suggest that you review the scenarios in small multiagency groups. For each one, consider:

  • what would happen for this baby and his/her family in your area?
  • Who would know they were struggling/at risk?
  • What help would they receive?
  • Is this good enough?

1. Pathway Assessment Tool 

What is it? This is a tool to help local partners rate their local offer against national standards to identify strengths and gaps where more work is needed. The tool has seven themed worksheets, which each set out key standards for perinatal mental health services and pathways that should ideally exist in each local area. 

What is it for? To help local partners to understand the quality and sufficiency of the services that exist in their area for women with perinatal mental illness and their families.

How can it be used?  We suggest that local partners look through the worksheets and assess the extent to which you meet the standards shown. If you rate your area from 0-5 on each standard, this will generate a traffic light rating for each standard. Ratings are also averaged to give an overall picture of your local pathways.

For other resources and research related to perinatal mental health, please see the Resources section.


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Sally Hogg, Strategic Lead shogg@mentalhealth.org.uk
Fiona Salter, Communications Lead fsalter@mentalhealth.org.uk

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MABIM Leaders’ Programme

The Mums and Babies in Mind team is working in four localities to provide bespoke advice and support to help local leaders drive forward progress in improving their perinatal mental health care pathway and services.

In addition, our MABIM Leaders’ Programme brings together leaders from across the sites to learn together and support each other.

Who is the MABIM Leaders’ Programme for?

Local leaders are senior people from commissioner and provider organisations who are well placed to drive forward change to improve perinatal mental health services and see this as their role. This might include maternity, mental health, public health and children’s commissioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurses, midwives, health visitors, social workers, early years workers, and those from the voluntary and community sector.

What does the Programme include?

The Leaders Programme includes seven masterclasses on different topics which are relevant to local leaders such as how to set up a specialist perinatal mental health service or how to involve people with lived experience. The masterclasses aim to enable local leaders to:

  • Share learning: celebrate successes and explore challenges involved in improving perinatal mental health services;
  • Develop supportive networks: build relationships which enable them to support each other;
  • Learn together: develop their understanding of research and good practice relating to perinatal mental health;
  • Build enthusiasm: be inspired and motivated to drive forward this work;
  • Develop solutions: cross-pollinate ideas and deepen discussions to find new solutions.

Discussion forum

Communications between leaders can be further facilitated through the MABIM forum which can be found on the Maternal Mental Health network. Monthly discussion topics will be posted by the team but everyone is free to post questions and asks of the wider group.

Masterclass Top Tips reports

The Top Tips reports, which contain the learnings from each masterclass in the Leaders’ Programme, are available to download here. If you would like to be notified when the masterclass reports are published please subscribe to the MABIM blog.

 


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Sally Hogg Strategic Lead shogg@mentalhealth.org.uk
Fiona Salter, Communications Lead fsalter@mentalhealth.org.uk

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MABIM About

What is Mums and Babies in Mind?

Between 10% and 20% of women develop mental health problems during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth (referred to as the ‘perinatal period’). Women in around half of the UK have no access to specialist perinatal mental health services and in other geographical areas, services are inadequate.

The Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) project is based in Blackpool, Haringey, Southend and Gloucestershire. We work with local leaders in these areas to improve services for mums with mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year after birth, and their babies.

Mums and Babies in Mind is a Maternal Mental Health Alliance project, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It lasts for three years, until September 2018.

We use the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance to support and motivate those who commission and provide services in the four areas. In each area we aim to identify the barriers to service improvement, and to inform and support effective solutions. This will result in good quality, evidence-based care pathways including information, support and treatment, at the right time, for all mums who need it.

We capture the work we do and share our learning through online tools and communications that inform and inspire those who commission and provide services across the UK.

The improvement of local services will lead to better care and outcomes for women who experience perinatal mental health problems in the four areas each year, and their babies. Over time the project will accelerate improvements for more and more women and babies across the country.


Who we are – the Mums and Babies in Mind Team

 

alain2Dr Alain Gregoire – Clinical Lead, Mums and Babies in Mind

Dr Gregoire is the Clincal Lead for MABIM. He is founder and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. Dr Gregoire set up and leads the national award winning Hampshire Perinatal Mental Health Service, which provides comprehensive integrated community and inpatient services to women with severe mental health problems in pregnancy and postnatally.

 

Sally Hogg – Strategic Lead,  Mums and Babies in Mind

Sally Hogg is the Strategic Lead for MABIM. Sally has wide-ranging expertise in how interventions, services and policies can support families to improve their mental health and wellbeing, particularly during pregnancy and infancy. She has experience of service design, implementation science, delivery and scale up, developed through a variety of roles in government and in the voluntary sector. shogg@mentalhealth.org.uk

 

Fiona Salter – Media and Communications Officer, Mums and Babies in Mind

Fiona leads on communications for Mums and Babies in Mind. Her background is in media relations and campaigning for international development and women’s rights.  fsalter@mentalhealth.org.uk

 


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» Explore MABIM tools for local leaders

» Find out about our Leaders’ programme

» Find out more about the Maternal Mental Health Alliance

 


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» Follow @MMHAlliance and use #MABIM
» Read our blog

Sally Hogg Strategic Lead shogg@mentalhealth.org.uk
Fiona Salter, Communications Lead fsalter@mentalhealth.org.uk

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Mums and Babies in Mind

The Mums and Babies in Mind project, which ended in 2018, was a three year, Big Lottery-funded project, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation on behalf of the MMHA. It supported local leaders to improve services and care pathways for mums with mental health problems and their babies.

Part of MABIM’s legacy is the MMHA Resource Hub which brings together essential resources for UK professionals. You’ll find links to the latest reports, guidance and online training, toolkits and case studies, plus the Pathway Assessment Tool- to help you rate your local services and pathways against national standards.

Explore the hub here

What is Mums and Babies in Mind?

Between 10% and 20% of women develop mental health problems during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth (referred to as the ‘perinatal period’). Women in around half of the UK have no access to specialist perinatal mental health services and in other geographical areas, services are inadequate.

The Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) project is based in Blackpool, Haringey, Southend and Gloucestershire. We work with local leaders in these areas to improve services for mums with mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year after birth, and their babies.

Mums and Babies in Mind is a Maternal Mental Health Alliance project, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It lasts for three years, until September 2018.

We use the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance to support and motivate those who commission and provide services in the four areas. In each area we aim to identify the barriers to service improvement, and to inform and support effective solutions. This will result in good quality, evidence-based care pathways including information, support and treatment, at the right time, for all mums who need it.

We capture the work we do and share our learning through online tools and communications that inform and inspire those who commission and provide services across the UK.

The improvement of local services will lead to better care and outcomes for women who experience perinatal mental health problems in the four areas each year, and their babies. Over time the project will accelerate improvements for more and more women and babies across the country.


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