Please see a copy of the Rare Jewels Report on Specialist Parent Infant Services. The report includes examples of best practice and clinical case studies.

Rare Jewels was released on 10th June at an APPG event at parliament which I attended. The report was completed by PIP UK (Parent Infant Partnership), a charity who run a number of Parent Infant Services across the UK. Specialist parent-infant relationship teams are multidisciplinary teams (e.g. Psychology, Psychotherapy, Health Visiting) with expertise in working with the important relationship between babies and their parents. These teams work at multiple levels, as experts, champions and providers of specialised care, such as parent infant psychotherapy and consultation to universal services. They enable local systems to offer effective, high-quality prevention and early intervention to give every baby the best start in life which is in keeping with the 1001 critical days manifesto. Specialist Parent Infant Services are separate and different to Perinatal Mental Health Services as their work focuses on the parent-infant relationship rather than the mental health of the mother.

The report highlights the lack of service provision for infants, toddlers and their parents across the UK. There are only 27 of these teams at present and most babies live in an area where there are no Specialist Parent Infant Services therefore there is little mental health provision for under 2s even though most CAMHS services are commissioned from 0-18. Within Lancashire one of our nearest Parent Infant Services is in Tameside, the Early Attachment Service (EAS) has been running for 12 years and is due to be rolled out across Greater Manchester showing that increasingly the value of these services is being realised by commissioners. Warrington, Liverpool, Knowsley, Leeds and Bradford all have Specialist Parent Infant Services. Within Perinatal Services, both across the Mother and Baby Unit and the Specialist Perinatal Community team, we are increasingly noticing the gap in service provision when we are discharging families from our teams.

The report recommends that by 2030 all babies under the age of 2 should have access to a Specialist Parent Infant Service and this is certainly something that would be of huge benefit within LCFT and to the families that we work with. My hope would be that be that over the next couple of years we could pilot a parent infant service on a small scale within LCFT.