National Institute for Health and Care Research

Past Webinars

An Introduction to SUSI – Social-Emotional Under 5s Screening and Intervention (SUSI): An Evidence-Based Infant Mental Health Approach

Carol Hardy (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)

4th July 2024, 1pm to 2pm

Carol will introduce the SUSI model, designed for under-5s and their families, offering a comprehensive approach to assess and intervene in children’s social-emotional development and their relationship with caregivers.

SUSI includes a detailed assessment, a tailored intervention plan ranging from 6-15 sessions, and employs therapeutic techniques aimed at addressing the core issues within the parent-child dyad.

Created to fill the gap in resources and accessibility for this age group, SUSI aims to support families through customisable resources and by embedding the service within community networks and social care services. It is evidence-based, reflecting a broader effort to improve early mental health care.



Parents’ Perceptions of the Impact on their Child’s Development during Covid-19 Lockdown: Findings from a Study

Debra Laxton, Lianna Wilding and Lorna Earle (University of Chichester)

14th June 2024, 1pm to 2pm

Debra, Lianna and Lorna will present findings from a research study conducted during the 2020 lockdown focused on Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED) in two-year-olds, examining parents’ perceptions of the lockdown’s impact on their child’s development.

The study included responses from 827 parents, of which 6% received funding for two-year-olds.



Soft Launch of the Supporting Early Minds Research Network: Why does the English 0-5 Sector need to be Research Ready?

Dr Michael Fanner and Professor Jane Barlow (University of Oxford)

10th May 2024, 1pm to 2pm

Jane and Michael will be hosting a ‘soft’ launch of the Supporting Early Minds Research Network, explaining how the research network can benefit everyone in the 0-5 sector in England.

Michael will then present preliminary findings from a qualitative study that explores both the facilitators and barriers to engaging with research in services for children aged 0 to 5.

This study involved a diverse group of key stakeholders (n=40), including practitioners, service managers, commissioners, researchers, and policy officials.

He will also share practical advice on how these services can increase their involvement in research studies, drawing on insights from the study’s findings.


*Recording not available*

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