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In partnership with Creative Inspiration and Live Music Now, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust hosted a fantastic evening of music at the Redwoods Centre Bicton.

Trio Volant (oboe, clarinet and bassoon) and the vibrant Slidin' About (trombone quartet), plus the mellow sounds of Lauren Hibberd on the Steinway Grand, entertained a mixture of service users, staff, senior managers and the Mayor of Shrewsbury - Councillor Beverley Baker.

CEO of SSSFT Neil Carr said:  ‘Often as cliniciansin mental health we focus on the physical, psychological and social aspects of life but not always on the spiritual and health for the soul. Sometimes our service users can feel very isolated from communities and music can help bridge that gap’.

The driving force behind Creative Inspirations is Dr Jane Povey a local Shrewsbury GP.  . Jane said:  ‘Thepurpose of Creative Inspiration is to use the creative arts to make a positive impact to improve individual and collective wellbeing, and what better place to come than the outstanding Redwoods Centre’.

Paul Exton-McGuinness, one of the leading musicians in Slidin’ About, said: ‘We enjoyed the patient workshop in the afternoon and we even managed to get the Mayor and Neil Carr having a go on the trombone in the evening – everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves’.

After his trombone experience Neil added: ‘Apart from my trombone honking, what we just experienced in this excellent location at the Redwoods Centre was calming, healing and inspiring.  It was all delivered with a sense of joy and what a wonderful night’.



Pic Evan Dawson Executive Director Live Music Now, Neil Carr CEO SSSFT and Cllr Beverly Baker Mayor of Shrewsbury– having a go on trombone in the Redwoods Centre.

Delegates from around the region gathered in Stafford on Tuesday 16 September 2014 for the 8th Annual Motherhood and Mental Health Day.

This multidisciplinary conference, hosted by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s specialist mother and baby centre, the Brockington Unit, aimed to promote the emotional well being of new mothers.

The key note speakers were Emeritus Professor Ian Brockington, a foremost expert in this field and Professor Prabha Chandra from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India.

Those attending the day enjoyed a range of workshops and presentations, including child safeguarding; prescribing in pregnancy and breastfeeding; baby massage; and supporting fathers.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare (SSSFT) commented “We are delighted to welcome such eminent speakers to our motherhood and mental health day.  The atmosphere has been wonderful, with a really engaged and enthusiastic audience taking the opportunity to share good practice and learn new techniques in this important field.”

Pictured are;  l to r
Neil Carr, Chief Executive SSSFT (chair of event); Professor Chandra; Dr Kristina Hofberg, Consultant Psychiatrist SSSFT; Professor Ian Brockington; Caroline Carr, Clinical Nurse Specialist SSSFT



St George's Hospital, Stafford, is playing host this week to a group of international experts in the field of maternal mental health.

Led by Professor Ian Brockington, Professor emeritus, University of Birmingham, the team is working to develop the sixth edition of the Birmingham Interview for Maternal Mental Health – which will in future be known as the Stafford Interview.

This publication helps in the process of assessing new mothers who are experiencing mental health problems associated with pregnancy or birth and is an important tool in planning care. The tool also forms the basis for research into maternal mental well being.

Professor Ian Brockington said "I am pleased to be working with colleagues at St George's Hospital to take this important work forward."

Dr Kristina Hofberg, Consultant Psychiatrist based at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's Brockington Unit, a specialist perinatal unit, added, "We are delighted that Stafford will be linked with this internationally recognised resource."


Stafford Interview workshop participants


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