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New devolved nations coordinators for the Everyone’s Business Campaign

New devolved nations coordinators for the Everyone’s Business Campaign

The MMHA Everyone’s Business Campaign is pleased to welcome 3 new part-time team members, Joanne, Paul and Tom, who will be leading campaign activities in the devolved nations.

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Joanne Smith joins us as the Scotland Everyone’s Business Coordinator (2 days per week), seconded from NSPCC Scotland, where she leads the organisation’s work on mental health.  Joanne brings a wealth of experience in children’s policy in Scotland following over a decade as a parliamentary researcher at both Westminster and Holyrood. She has a particular interest in infant and perinatal mental health and the application of evidence based practice across all tiers of health care to ensure every child has the best possible start in life.

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Paul Gauci joins on secondment from the National Centre for Mental Health at University of Cardiff as the Wales Everyone’s Business Coordinator (1 day per week).  Paul has been leading a small team supporting researchers to communicate their research to a variety of audiences. He brings a wealth of expertise in public engagement and digital communications, as well as a strong desire to help improve the provision of perinatal mental health services in Wales.

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Tom McEneaney is our Northern Ireland Everyone’s Business Coordinator (1 day per week), seconded from Aware, the national depression charity in NI.  Tom brings expertise gained over 30 years of clinical and management experience as a mental health professional working within the Belfast Trust area. He worked closely with the Everyone’s Business team to pilot the idea of a Devolved Nations Coordinator (during the final year of the previous Comic Relief grant) and it is wonderful to be able to formalise his position in the team now.

We look forward to working with new team members to Turn the UK Map Green so that vital specialist perinatal mental health services become available throughout the UK and that women and families in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland – as well as in England – do not continue to be let down by a shocking post-code lottery, the tragic human and financial costs of which can no longer be ignored.

 

 

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Latest e-bulletin published

Latest e-bulletin published

The Everyone’s Business campaign e-bulletin is now out and includes:

  • an update on new specialist perinatal mental health services launching in England
  • a video clip from a recent event in Northern Ireland highlighting the gaps in services
  • an exciting new perinatal mental health project in Wales
  • Scottish news on how encouraging steps are being taken to improve perinatal mental health services

See link below:

Everyone’s Business Spring & Summer 2017 e-bulletin pdf

Please circulate far and wide and if you are on Twitter please tweet the e-bulletin link using the #everyonesbusiness. If you would like to receive the e-bulletins directly please sign up to our mailing list on the home page. (left hand side)

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Exciting Staff Updates

Exciting Staff Updates

The Everyone’s Business Campaign and Action on Postpartum Psychosis (official host of the campaign on behalf of the MMHA) are delighted to announce the arrival of our new Campaign Manager, Karen Middleton, who joins the team this week.

Karen Middleton,  Everyone’s Business  Campaign Manager

Karen brings with her 12 years of campaigning experience, both for national and international organisations. Karen’s most recent role has been at Amnesty UK, working as Campaign Manager for the Individuals at Risk programme, leading the organisation’s work focusing on individuals around the world who have experienced human rights abuses.

Anna France-Williams, Everyone’s Business  Communications Officer

We also look forward to welcoming Anna France-Williams to the Everyone’s Business team in early April. Anna will be joining as Everyone’s Business Communications Officer, and will be a familiar face to many having worked as the MMHA’s Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) Communications Officer for the past year, as well as for the MMHA more widely. Anna will combine her Everyone’s Business communications role with an additional day a week working more generally on MMHA communications.
Anna has a background in media and public relations and has worked in a variety of settings, including in-house at the Daily Telegraph, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and at UNICEF UK. She has published two books aimed at mums of young children and is currently developing her own project, a growing community of parents committed to creating a supportive network around their child.
We are sure you will join us in giving them a warm welcome!

 

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NI Report focuses on PMH

The MMHA Everyone’s Business Campaign looks forward to the implementation of RQIA’s recommendations.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) has released a report with 11 recommendations to improve the provision of specialist community perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland. The Everyones Business campaign is delighted to see the recommendations work towards the campaign’s Call to Act and is keen to see how and when they will be implemented.
Theresa Nixon, RQIA’s Mental Health Director says

RQIA recommends that specialist perinatal mental health services – with psychological input – should be developed in each trust, and a single regional Mother and Baby Unit should be established’

Below are the recommendations – with varying priorities:

Recommendation 1 Priority 2
The HSC Board must ensure that each HSC trust provides a perinatal clinical psychology service for their maternity hospitals and neonatal intensive care units.

Recommendation 2 Priority 1
In the absence of a mother and baby unit, HSC trusts should provide appropriate equipment and facilities within all relevant general adult psychiatric inpatient units to meet the needs of a mother and her baby and older children during visits.

Recommendation 3 Priority 3
The HSC Board should work with HSC trusts to develop a coding system to capture and report on statistical information to inform the future requirements for perinatal mental health services.

Recommendation 4 Priority 1
The Department of Health should request the Public Health Agency to establish a regional group to examine and develop perinatal mental health services with agreed terms of reference and timelines. The delivery and implementation of a work plan by this group should be monitored by the Maternity Strategy Implementation Group, and the Department of Health.

Recommendation 5 Priority 2
The HSC Board should ensure that community based peer support services are developed within an overall plan for specialist perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland in collaboration with relevant voluntary organisations and Sure Start.

Recommendation 6 Priority 1
Each HSC trust should review the communication protocols in place between primary and secondary care to ensure effective communication and information sharing.

Recommendation 7 Priority 1
The Public Health Agency should work collaboratively with the HSC Board to ensure that all General Practitioners are made fully aware of the revised Integrated Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathway and of the voluntary and community organisations who can offer support to woman experiencing perinatal mental health in their locality.

Recommendation 8 Priority 1
In the absence currently of a specialist perinatal mental health service, each HSC trust must ensure appropriate staff receive additional training in understanding the distinctive features and risks of perinatal mental illness.

Recommendation 9 Priority 1
The Department of Health should work collaboratively with all key stakeholders including the Public Health Agency, HSC Trusts, General Practitioners and service users to develop and progress a model for the development of specialist perinatal mental health teams in each HSC trust.

Recommendation 10 Priority 3
The Department of Health should work collaboratively with all key stakeholders to develop and progress a model for a single regional Mother and Baby Unit in Northern Ireland.

Recommendation 11 Priority 1
Key decision makers should visit both specialist teams and a Mother and Baby Unit within the United Kingdom before making any decision on the future provision of perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland.

Tom McEneaney from mental health charity Aware welcomed the RQIA report and recommendations:

I think it is particularly important because the RQIA spent a lot of time listening to service users and really seems to have taken their comments on board. The important thing now is that we work to make sure these recommendations are implemented.”

Click here to read the full RQIA report

Click here to read the RQIA press release calling for Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services Across Northern Ireland.

 

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Latest e-bulletin out now!

The Everyone’s Business campaign e-bulletin is now out highlighting the devolved nations, NHSE funded areas, Dr Jo Black guidance and more! See link below:

Everyone’s Business Winter 2017 e-bulletin pdf

Please circulate far and wide and if you are on twitter please tweet the e-bulletin link using the #everyonesbusiness.
If you would like to receive the e-bulletins directly please sign up to our mailing list on the home page. (left hand side)

 

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First 20 areas (England) to receive new specialist perinatal mental health community funds!

First 20 areas (England) to receive new specialist perinatal mental health community funds!

Following the launch by NHS England of the specialist perinatal mental health community service development fund in August (designed to support service development and increase the availability of high-quality care and interventions for women, their babies and families), the initial 20 areas receiving funding have been announced.

The MMHA Everyone’s Business campaign is delighted to see these 20 areas (covering 90 Clinical Commissioning Groups, CCGs) set to benefit from this first round of money released as part of the funding already pledged for specialist perinatal mental health services by the government in England.

We also call upon:
• All other areas in England to prepare 2017 / 18 applications (and to get in touch if we can be of any assistance). For the upcoming second wave of funding, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS trusts, Foundation Trusts and Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprint areas can all apply
• Northern Ireland and Scotland governments to ensure plans are put in place (as in England and Wales) to ensure women and families across all parts of the UK can access specialist perinatal mental health services and that we collectively ‘Turn the Map Green’

If you would like support with your upcoming applications, please:
• Check out the MMHA (Mums and Babies in Mind) Toolkit for ideas and tips in developing specialist perinatal mental health services
• Contact the campaign for any further tips / advice – now is the time to be preparing the 2017 / 18 applications!

Email: info@everyonesbusiness.org.uk

 

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Latest e-bulletin out now!

Latest e-bulletin out now!

The Everyone’s Business campaign e-bulletin is now out highlighting perinatal mental health commitments from national stakeholders at a ministerial roundtable, features on the devolved nations and more! See link below:

Everyone’s Business Autumn 2016 e-bulletin pdf

Please circulate far and wide and if you are on twitter please tweet the e-bulletin link using the #everyonesbusiness.

If you would like to receive the e-bulletins directly please sign up to our mailing list on the home page. (left hand side)

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NHS England Funding

NHS England Launches Perinatal Mental Health Community Service Development Fund

NHS England has launched a Perinatal Mental Health Community Service Development Fund, to support service development and increase the availability of high-quality care and interventions for women, their babies and families. The fund will focus on expanding existing community teams into a wider geography or resourcing small teams with limited provision to meet the needs of local populations more comprehensively.

NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprints are invited to submit funding proposals and plans for up to three years. This year £5 million is available, increasing to £15m in the subsequent two years. A second wave of proposals will also be funded from 2018/19.

Applicants are encouraged to work in conjunction with their local Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network and the closing date for proposals is Friday 16th September 2016, 5pm.

Detailed guidance and an application form is available at here.

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Evaluation and Funding

MMHA Everyone’s Business campaign – Independent Evaluation Report launches today and funding announcement!

Independent Evaluation Report

Has the MMHA Everyone’s Business campaign* made a difference and how? Where should the campaign put its energy going forward? How do we collectively maintain the pressure to ensure all women and families urgently receive the right perinatal mental health care at the right time?

An Independent Evaluation Report of the MMHA Everyone’s Business campaign, launching today, addresses these, and other, questions – showing the substantial impact the campaign has had; the reasons for the impact, and where the campaign will need to focus in the future.

The report is expected to be useful to all organisations and individuals involved in maternal mental health: having a collective understanding of what has helped to drive the change to date, as well as potential next steps, will be crucial as we continue to push for the ongoing changes urgently called for.

Please help us to disseminate the report’s key findings as widely as possible:

2 page briefing paper, with a summary of the report’s main findings

Copy of the full independent report by Gillian Granville Associates and WSA Community Consultants

Funding Announcement

The Everyone’s Business Campaign team are delighted and would like to say a huge thank you to Comic Relief for the following funding announcement:

Top line MMHA Everyone’s Business funding news

A grant of £750,000 has been secured from Comic Relief. This is intended to:
• sustain and build on the momentum of the first Phase of the Everyone’s Business Campaign
• increase the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s internal resource and capacity

The grant will continue to be hosted by Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) on behalf of the MMHA

*The Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Everyone’s Business campaign calls for all women throughout the UK who experience perinatal mental health problems to receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it. The three year campaign (2013 –2016) has been funded by Comic Relief and is hosted by Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP).

£1.5m perinatal mental health care help for women in Wales

£1.5m perinatal mental health care help for women in Wales

The Welsh Government has pledged a total of £7.5 million (£1.5m per year over 5 years) to improve mental health outcomes for women with perinatal illnesses, their babies and other children. Members of the campaign team met with Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford and are keen to actively support this encouraging initiative. The main proportion of funding will support the development of multidisciplinary networked services and robust pathways at all levels across Wales with some Health Boards setting up specific perinatal special interest groups for service development.

More news here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-35771874