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Improving Perinatal Mental Health across Thames Valley – Events

Perinatal Mental Health – Celebrating progress and next steps – 9th March 2016

In building a Regional Perinatal Mental Health Network (one of the key agreements of last year’s event), we once again convened representatives from across our geographical patch and wide stakeholder base to build on the excellent work from the last year.

Delegates heard from a broad array of excellent speakers;

The feedback received was extremely positive;

In total 112 people registered for the event of which 50 (45%) gave us feedback.  Respondents indicated that they found all aspects of the day relevant, informative and motivational, and they found the lived experience stories particularly thought provoking.  Attendees also said they had found it useful to hear about the value and need for Mother and Baby Units as well as gaining a better understanding of the national issues and what statistical information is available.  The opportunity to Network with colleagues who are working elsewhere ‘in the system’ was highlighted as a key benefit of the day.

The main themes of the feedback were:

  • 56% of respondents said that they found all topics covered on the day to be very relevant/motivational/informative.
  • 54% of respondents found the lived experience stories particularly thought provoking.
  • 30% of respondents indicated that they found it useful to hear about the value and need for Mother and Baby Units and to hear and gain understanding about the national issues and views.
  • 16% of respondents said that they had found the Networking aspect of the day very valuable
  • 8% of respondents felt it was useful to gain an insight into the evidence and statistical information available

When asked what aspects of perinatal mental health people felt they would be helpful like to cover, suggestions received were as follows:

  • Trauma
  • Personality and mental health disorders and the impact on perinatal and those not open to
  • Antenatal research
  • Mental health in men
  • Attachment
  • Practicalities of service development and integration
  • Impact of poor mental health on the infant
  • Third sector involvement


TV Perinatal Mental Health Event – Wednesday 11 March 2015

Please find below a few things the speakers told us:

  • Depression is the most common major complication of maternity
  • We need Parity of Esteem
  • Don’t forget the Father
  • The therapeutic relationship is vital
  • The impact of IVF on the mother and father if unsuccessful
  • If the mother has complex mental health issues is breastfeeding the priority ?

Feedback from the event:

126 people attended our TV SCN Perinatal Mental Health event

71% (90) attendees evaluated the event;

  • 69 people would like to keep in contact
  • 56 people would be interested in being part of a Perinatal Mental Health Network
  • 38 people would like guidelines
  • 72 people  would like training events
  • 38 would like to receive National Updates
  • 55 would like Website resources

This is just some of what you told us . We will be evaluating further but thank you so much for your feedback.

Presentations from the event

Perinatal Mental Health – essential care for mothers and their infants (PDF) – Dr Alain Gregoire, DRCOG, MRCPsych,Consultant/Hon. Senior Lecturer in Perinatal Psychiatry, Southampton, Member of NICE APMH Guideline Group and NHS Perinatal ERG, Chair, Maternal Mental Health Alliance

The Infant -Parent Perinatal Process in Oxfordshire (PDF) – Maria Wells and Judith Richardson,Clinical Coordinator/Community Mental Health Nurse|Infant-Parent Perinatal Service

Personalised Maternity Care and Perinatal Services (PDF) -Barbara Kuypers, Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer, NHS England (West Midlands)

Perinatal Mental Health Role of the Health Visitor (PDF) – Karen Glass & Sylvia Woolley, Health Visitor & Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

OXPIP – Oxford Parent Infant Project (PDF) – Adrian Sell, Executive Director, Oxford Parent Infant Project

Perinatal Mental Health – Family Links Antenatal Nurturing Programme (PDF)– Annette Mountford MBE BA RGN HV, Chief Executive, Family Links

Getting it right at the first contact (PDF) – Dawn Bennett, Perinatal Lead CPE, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Reading. The GP perspective (PDF) – Dr Judy Shakespeare, RCGP Clinical Champion in perinatal mental health

A Mindfulness Approach to Pregnancy and Childbirth (PDF) – Dr Sian Warriner, Consultant Midwife, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

From maternity to eternity making a difference – National Agenda (PDF) Bryony Gibson, Thames Valley Perinatal Mental Health Project lead, Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England

From Health Visiting to Project Management, A Steep Learning Curve – Ruth House, BHT and Chiltern & Aylesbury CCG

RCGP report

Please also  find  the report launched at the RCGP on the 18 March 2015 entitled ‘Falling through the gaps: Perinatal mental health and general practice’ , which Dr Judy Shakespeare referred to at our event. This can be downloaded from the Perinatal Mental Health page on the RCGP website here.