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Setting standards for perinatal mental health services

Peter Thompson Senior Programme Manager at the Royal College of Psychiatrists spoke at today’s Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services conference on the Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services, an initiative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The network sets standards for inpatient and community perinatal mental health services and reviews them using a process of self- and peer-review.

In his presentation Peter commented; 

"To improve quality we work with the staff that actually deliver the care"

"It's important to speak to patients about the care they received to make improvements"

"We're about to introduce accreditation for community teams"

"100% of the 18 mother and baby units in the UK are participating in the RCP standard review service"

"Over the last 6 years standards have improved"

Peter’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.


Peter has worked at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement since 2004. He manages a range of quality improvement and accreditation networks working with child and adolescent and perinatal mental health services as well as overseeing networks for adult inpatient services and therapeutic communities. Peter has worked on the Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Services since its inception in 2007 and led the development of standards for both inpatient and community services.

Future conferences of interest

Measuring and Monitoring Quality
Tuesday 20 January 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Patient Experience Insight: Demonstrating Responsiveness to Feedback
Wednesday 4 February 
Colmore Gate, Birmingham

Measuring and Monitoring Quality in Mental Health
Monday 23 March 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Always Events: A positive approach to Improving Patient Care
Tuesday 24 March 
ICO Conference Centre, London


Download: Peter Thompson full presentation

11 December 2014


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