This is an exciting time for AIMH (UK). We are currently in transition to becoming a registered charity to enable us to widen the provision/services we offer to practitioners, to parents and the wider community.

We are working too, with the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education (IJBPE) and have produced two Best Practice Guides to accompany the Journal, to date. We will be working with the IJBPE for a fixed amount of time and during that time AIMH (UK) members will be receiving complimentary copies of the IJBPE; complimentary copies will be coming to members in January, April and July 2017.

Activity planned for 2017 also includes working in collaboration with the International Training School for Infancy and Early years (ITSIEY) in producing a set of Infant Mental Health (IMH) Competencies. As a practitioner you will be able to map your current IMH skills with the competencies and identify your practice level and where you want to progress to in the future. AIMH will also be able to support you in your continuing professional development (CPD).

In 2017 we will be establishing the UK Infant Mental Health Competency Register where professionals from across the multi-disciplinary team will be able to substantiate their level of IMH expertise.

Our membership will continue to benefit from discounts for our Clinical Workshop Series and our annual AIMH Conference (all our educational provision carry CPD Standards recognition).

Over the next few months our current webpages will be enhanced to provide you with the latest evidence available in the IMH field via our Practitioner Resource Section to support you to transfer knowledge into your clinical practice. Our site will also become an information source for the families you work with to offer them access to resources via a new Parent Resource Section.

As a member of AIMH (UK) you will also have exclusive access to the outstanding presentations delivered by speakers at our 20th Birthday Celebratory Conference held at Warwick University in September 2016. Speakers included Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green KT, Dr Penelope Leach, Professor Jane Barlow, Dilys Daws, Professor Sharon Dawe, Professor Joan Raphael-Leff, Dr Elizabeth Meins, Professor Mary Nolan and Robin Balbernie. Just email info@aimh.org.uk to request link to view through AIMH (UK)’s Private YouTube Channel.

Of course, to enhance our services there is a cost involved. We have had to increase our membership fees (which have been static now for some years) to £56 per annum (inline with the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) rate). As an Association we value our members and hope that you will continue to support us by renewing your membership for 2017.

Kind Regards and All Best Wishes for 2017

Dawn Cannon

AIMH (UK) Honorary Secretary