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Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services

Friday 11 November 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
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“We absolutely need to ensure that all women have the access to high quality perinatal mental health care and are committed to addressing current issues and variation. If left untreated, it can have a devastating impact on the woman affected and her family.” Dr Giles Berrisford, Associate National Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health, NHS England, August 2016

The Prime Minister has announced an additional £290 million to help new and expectant mums who have poor mental health in January 2016. “By 2020/21, there will be increased access to specialist perinatal mental health support in all areas in England, in the community or in-patient mother and baby units, allowing at least an additional 30,000 women each year to receive evidence based treatment, closer to home, when they need it...The objective above is clear that by 2020/21, specialist perinatal mental health services must be available to meet the needs of women in all areas. This will require closing the gap in the large majority (85%) of localities which are estimated to either have a service that does not meet NICE guidelines, or have no existing service at all.” Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, NHS England July 2016

This conference, chaired by Elaine Hanzak, Survivor of Postnatal Depression and Author, Eyes without Sparkle and Another Twinkle in the Eye– contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness’, focuses on the important issue of improving perinatal mental health services and on the implementing national guidance.

Extended sessions will focus on Learning from a personal journey through postnatal mental distress, Identifying women who are experiencing distress: what works? Improving the quality of mental healthcare for new mothers, supporting men whose wives or partners are experiencing PND, learning from the Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health and delivering a recovery and family focused post natal depression service. There will also be a focus on the impact of postnatal depression and stress in pregnancy on the child and infant mental health, improving joint working between services.

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