Maternal, Child and Family Health Cluster Webinar

The School of Health Sciences would like to invite you to this Maternal, Child and Family Health Cluster Webinar on 11th March (12-2pm), which will be based on the Impact of Covid-19 on families: a focus on new parents, children, and people with learning disabilities, with reflections from professional practice.

We are delighted to announce our below Guest Speakers and talk titles.

COVID-19 – HOW ARE YOU COPING? Children with a serious condition and their parents during the COVID-19 outbreak: A national study understanding experiences, information and support needs, and decision-making.
Professor Anne-Sophie Darlington, Professor of Child and Family Psychological Health, University of Southampton.

Professor Anne-Sophie Darlington’s abstract

Many children with a serious condition were designated as clinically extremely vulnerable if they were to contract SARS-CoV-2 in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the SHARE study was to explore experiences, information and support needs, and decision making. We asked children with a serious condition (e.g. cancer, heart condition, kidney condition, life-limiting condition) and parents to complete a survey, between April and August 2020. The online survey was co-produced with young people and parents to capture experiences, information and support needs, and decision making, using closed statements and open text boxes. I will present the results for children and young people, and parents, across the different conditions and draw out some main messages.

Professor Anne-Sophie Darlington’s biography

Professor Anne-Sophie Darlington is a Professor of Child and Family Psychological Health, at the University of Southampton, in the UK, specialising in Health/Paediatric Psychology. Her programme of work focuses measuring and improving Quality of Life of children and young people with a chronic illness, through developing and testing interventions. She is an expert on quality of life for Adolescents and Young Adults with cancer.

People with learning disabilities and Covid-19, bereavement and end of life care: An interview with Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care, Kingston University.

Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne’s biography

I qualified as a nurse in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and moved to London in 1985, where I lived and worked in the L’Arche Community with people with intellectual disabilities for eight years. I then worked as a hospice nurse for eight years (Trinity Hospice, Clapham) before moving into academia in 2001. I worked at St George’s University of London and moved to the Joint Faculty with Kingston University in 2012.

I have led a programme of research focusing on intellectual disability, cancer and palliative care, with a particular interest in communication of bad news and in service development. I completed my PhD on this topic in 2007, awarded by Maastricht University (Netherlands). Inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities as co-researchers is a key part of my work. I was given the world’s first chair in Intellectual Disability & Palliative Care in 2018.

COVID-19 impacts on new parenthood: Insights from sociological research on perinatal mental health and a partnership with the Institute of Health Visiting.

Dr Ranjana Das, Reader in Media and Communication and Dr Paul Hodkinson, Reader in Sociology, University of Surrey.

Dr Ranjana Das and Dr Paul Hodkindon’s abstract

In this paper, Ranjana Das and Paul Hodkinson – of the Department of Sociology – will summarise findings from a family of qualitative research projects they have conducted for the last few years, on perinatal mental health of new mothers and new fathers. Particularly they will use insights from their new 2021 book on new fathers’ perinatal mental health (Hodkinson and Das, 2021), and fieldwork with new mothers in lockdown (Das, under review) – to outline a set of specific challenges the pandemic might bring forth for mothers and fathers undergoing new parenthood at such a time. Das and Hodkinson will showcase their ongoing ESRC funded impact project which led to a significant knowledge exchange event on perinatal mental health and the pandemic last autumn, and they will discuss their partnership with the Institute of Health Visiting which involves the co-creation (with Health Visitors, parents and professionals) – of a set of ‘factographics’ to support new mothers and fathers at the present moment.

Dr Ranjana Das’s biography

Ranjana Das is Reader in Media and Communication in the Department of Sociology and the University of Surrey’s strategic Theme Champion for Technology and Society. Her expertise is in the social uses and consequences of data and digital technologies with a particular recent focus on parenthood. Her latest book is Early Motherhood in Digital Societies (Routledge).

Dr Paul Hodkindon’s biography

Paul Hodkinson is Reader in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and an expert in the sociology of youth, fatherhood, and media and communications. Paul’s recent books include Sharing Care: Equal and Primary Carer Fathers and Early Years Parenting (With Rachel Brooks) and New Fathers Mental Health and Digital Communication (with Ranjana Das).

Reflections from professional practice from Maternal, Child and Family Health Cluster members:

Felicity Jones, Teaching Fellow for Population Health, Director of Studies for Specialist Practice and Pathway Lead for Health Visiting.

Heather Lane, Teaching Fellow, Child Nursing and Specialist Practice, Community Children’s Nursing (CCN) Pathway Lead.

Laurence Drew, Field Lead Mental Health Nursing, Teaching Fellow Integrated Care (Mental Health).

Zoe Polly, Child Nursing Field Lead, Teaching Fellow, Child Nursing.

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