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What does excellence in Perinatal Mental Health look like? Meeting the new NICE Guideline

Jill Demilew, Consultant Midwife, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London & Guideline Development Group Member, Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance NICE discusses what does excellence in Perinatal Mental Health look like and meeting the new NICE Guideline at today’s conference. Jill’s interactive session focused on implementing the new NICE guidance for Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance released in December 2014 and its implications for perinatal mental health. Jill’s session also looked forward to the new Quality Standard for antenatal and postnatal mental health due for release in October 2015.

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

Mental health problems have a higher incidence in pregnancy than hypertensive disorders. The incidence noted in NICE guidelines is @ 10% for hypertensive disorders against 12 to 13% antenatal mental health problems or 15 to 20% postnatal mental health problems.  The identification, treatment and monitoring processes differ markedly. The updated NICE Clinical Guideline 192 is an excellent opportunity to benchmark progress and inform what needs to be done at a local level to provide easily accessible, kind and effective services and reduce a lot of preventable suffering and loss.

This interactive presentation is a journey that we will take together to view the updated NICE Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health Guideline and what it means for improving current service provision. I want us to consider our personal positions and motivation and map where our local services are in national ‘RAG’ rating of Perinatal Mental Health services. We will then look at each of five key priorities for implementation discussing local progress to identify what is in place and good, what is not provided or working consistently and finally what is helping and what is useful for bypassing stumbling blocks. Finally we will bring this together looking at what excellence looks like as service users of Perinatal Mental Health services or as professionals providing any part of this service.

Jill Demilew’s Biography:

Jill Demilew’s academic interests are the applied social sciences and her working life since 1973 has been London based with shorter periods in Kenya and Somaliland. Jill has worked in hospital, independent and community based clinical practice including an 18 month secondment at DH as Midwifery Advisor, working on ‘Maternity Matters and Reducing Infant Mortality government health policies. Jill has been working as a Consultant Midwife Public Health since 2000 in south east London. She is currently working as a Local Collaborator (PI) on the WENDY study as part of the NIHR funded ESMI Research programme looking at prevalence of mental health problems in pregnancy.

Future conferences of interest:

Safe Midwife Staffing in Maternity Settings
Monday 6 July 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Midwife Appraisal and Revalidation
Wednesday 30 September 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Thursday 15 October 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Download: Jill Demilew"s full presentation

19 May 2015

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