18 June 2019

Trust Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist Gwen Kirkwood has been successfully nominated for a national AIMH award for her work as Clinical Leader for City and Hackney’s  CAMHS Parent Infant Psychotherapy (PIP) Service.

The Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH) is a national charity. Its annual award ceremony  recognises practitioners who have made outstanding contributions in promoting  infant mental health within their discipline or organisation.

In 2016 Gwen was appointed to set up and develop a PIP service in City and Hackney CAMHS working closely with the Perinatal Mental Health Team, which is one of the main referrers to the service. Gwen is the sole clinician dedicated to the PIP service.

In addition to her own caseload, she supervises trainees and works strategically to gain wider recognition for the service .

Explaining why she deserved the nomination, Trust Consultant Clinical Psychologist Julie Proctor said: “Gwen has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to this field of work since undertaking her Anna Freud PIP specialist training. She shows reliability and runs the service single-handed.

“She was instrumental in setting up the innovatory Infant Mental Health Clinic alongside Specialist Health Visitor for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, Claudia De Araujo. It provides  local Health Visitors with the opportunity to bring complex cases for consultation, brief intervention or referral for specialist interventions.”

On hearing of her successful nomination, Gwen said:  “I am pleased to have my practice in Parent Infant Psychotherapy and other areas of my work recognized by AIMH UK."

The  AIMH UK Awards celebration took place at the Mercers Hall, Ironmonger Lane in London on Friday 14th June, 2019.  Fellow nominee Peter Toolan won the AIMH (UK) Award.

More on the AIMH Awards 2019 can be found here.