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Perinatal Mental Health Network appoints Psychology Lead

25th March 2019

Dr_Ruth_Butterworth.jpgPsychological interventions are becoming increasingly important in the care and support provided to women and their babies during the perinatal period. For this reason, our Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health Network have appointed Dr Ruth Butterworth as Psychology Network Lead. Ruth will be joining the Clinical Leadership as a deputy chair to our Network Lead for Perinatal Mental Health, Dr Gill Strachan. 

Ruth is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust and brings a wealth of experience to the role. She is passionate about putting relationships at the heart of her work – those between parents and their infants, between parents and professionals and between specialist services and those working with families on the frontline.

Since 2005, her work, both clinical and academic, has focused specifically on parents and their babies and on developing attuned relationships that support the very best outcomes for families in the longer term. She has co-authored a number of papers and book chapters in relation to this work. Ruth is a committee member for the British Psychological Society Faculty of Perinatal Psychology, a member of the Expert Advisory Group for PIP-UK and is currently involved in developing best
practice guidance in Perinatal Mental Health within maternity and neonatal settings for NHS England.

I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to work even more closely with the Strategic Clinical Network at such an exciting time for Perinatal Mental Health

Speaking about her appointment, Ruth said:

“I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to work even more closely with the Strategic Clinical Network at such an exciting time for Perinatal Mental Health. My hope is to continue to promote the importance of parent and infant psychological wellbeing across the whole perinatal pathway, so that services are attuned and responsive and any difficulties identified and supported as soon as possible.

“We are very fortunate in this region to have such a passionate and engaged group of service providers who help drive this work forward. I look forward to further developing these relationships and keeping the voices of parents and their infants at the heart of what we are trying to achieve.”.

Dr James Boyes, Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health Quality Improvement Programme Manager said:
 
“The Strategic Clinical Network is thrilled that Dr Ruth Butterworth will be joining its Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Leadership team. Ruth has been instrumental in the ongoing work to establish specialist perinatal mental health services across Cheshire and Merseyside and we look forward to working with her to strengthen the role of psychology within the service offer for this cohort of women and families.”.
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