Perinatal Mental Health

Second phase Perinatal Mental Health scoping report published today

A year on from the publication of the first report scoping perinatal mental health service provision across the Thames Valley, we are pleased to release our second phase report following a subsequent regional conference day held on 9  March 2016.

Following the event last year a regional TV perinatal mental health network was formed and representatives from each locality across the region and across the services that come into contact with women and their families during the perinatal period contribute to both their locality and regional perinatal networks. Individuals with lived experience have contributed to the significant service development that has taken place over the past year across Thames Valley.

This second report has reviewed the positive progress made over the past year in respect of perinatal mental health but also seeks to identify and establish our priorities for the coming year.

Thames Valley Perinatal Mental Health Network Report 2016 – click to access

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TVSCN PMH Update June 2015:
Bryony Gibson TVSCN Project Lead.

Please find here the initial version of the Scoping paper of Perinatal Mental Health services (PDF) across Thames Valley.

Background

NICE guidance, CG192 issued in December 2014, together with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) 3 year plan, 1001 Critical Days Campaign-a cross party manifesto and the report Falling through the gaps: perinatal mental health in general practice 2015, are all driving the national agenda to improve the provision of perinatal mental health services across the country. When the MMHA originally scoped the provision of perinatal services nationally some 40% of women did not have access to any perinatal mental health services across the UK.

Thames Valley SCN

Following the success of the Thames Valley Perinatal Mental Health SCN/HETV event held at the Majdeski Stadium on 11 March 2015 it was agreed that a Thames Valley Regional Perinatal Mental Health Network would be established.

The first Thames Valley Regional Perinatal Mental Health Network led by Thames Valley Children and Maternity SCN in collaboration with the Oxford Academic and Science Network (ASHN) and Health Education Thames Valley (HETV) met on 16 June 2015 with some 25 representatives from all the localities in the Thames Valley with broad representation across many of the services that come into contact with women and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period including: mental health, health visiting, maternity/obstetrics, GP/primary care, IAPT (Talking Therapy) services, Parent and Infant services IPPs/OXPIP, commissioners, public health.  We also had representation from a service user partner who provided powerful insight into why it is important to develop the right services across the Thames Valley. It was a great meeting of Networking sharing good practise and agreeing the remit of the Network.

If you would like any more information about this network please do contact Rebecca.furlong@nhs.net TVSCN Network Manager Children and Maternity

Perinatal Mental Health in primary care – Resources

The latest RCGP resources for Perinatal Mental Health have been issued by the RCGP and MMHA – top 10 tips for Perinatal Mental Health in Primary care