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1710 PMH in Wales Report

“Reopen mother & baby unit in Wales” says National Assembly committee

A National Assembly for Wales committee has released a series of recommendations to improve perinatal mental health care across Wales, including the re-opening of a Mother and Baby Unit.

 

The Children, Young People and Education Committee, which is made up of Assembly Members from across the political spectrum, began an inquiry into perinatal mental health in March 2017 in recognition of the impact parental mental health can have on children’s health and development.

 

During the inquiry, the Committee heard evidence from a range of organisations and individuals, including the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, members of the third sector such as NSPCC Wales and APP, healthcare professionals and women who have experienced perinatal mental illnesses in the past.

 

The Committee welcomed Welsh Government’s recent investment of £1.5million in specialist community services as a significant step forward, but expressed the need to see this as a starting point, with more investment required to bring services in-line with national quality standards.

 

Re-establishing a Mother and Baby Unit based along the M4 corridor in south Wales is one of the key recommendations, as is a call for Welsh Government to engage with NHS England to discuss options for establishing a unit in north east Wales to serve women and their families on both sides of the border.

 

Other recommendations include establishing a managed clinical network to provide national leadership for further development of services and training, working with relevant bodies to ensure that perinatal mental health is included training and continuing professional development for health professionals, and undertaking a public awareness campaign to improve understanding of perinatal mental health conditions and their symptoms.

 

Reacting to the report, Professor Ian Jones, who provided evidence on behalf of the Alliance, said: “We welcome these recommendations, and look forward to hearing the response of Welsh Government within the next six weeks. Re-establishing a Mother and Baby Unit should be a priority, and I’m pleased to see there’s also acknowledgement that of the need to collect more robust data to measure demand for inpatient care.

 

“The Committee is right to praise Welsh Government for investing in specialist community services, and equally correct to highlight the disparity in services between the health board areas in Wales.

 

“We are currently working with colleagues at NSPCC Wales, the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), Mind Cymru and the Mental Health Foundation to evaluate these services. I hope our findings will help Welsh Government allocate additional funding to address this issue and provide women and their families with the services they deserve, wherever they live.”

 

You can read the report and its recommendations here.

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Latest e-bulletin published

Latest e-bulletin published

The Everyone’s Business campaign e-bulletin is now out and includes a dotted campaign map which shows areas in receipt of dedicated funding for specialist perinatal mental health services.

Please note: The Red – Amber – Green -rated colour of each area currently remains unchanged from the previous Campaign map in order to give time for areas in receipt of funding to recruit new staff and establish new services. The team will be revisiting the original colour coding and will be able to share an updated map (hopefully showing positive change) in 2018.

See link below:

Download Everyone’s Business Autumn 2017 bulletin pdf

Download the dotted UK campaign map

Please circulate far and wide and if you are on Twitter please tweet the e-bulletin link using #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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Everyone’s Business Campaign calls for urgent action to Turn The Map Green

Everyone’s Business Campaign calls for urgent action to Turn The Map Green

The Everyone’s Business Campaign has launched a dotted version of its existing UK map which shows areas in receipt of dedicated funding for specialist community perinatal mental health services and highlights the shocking gaps which still exist across the country.

The dots on the map celebrate which Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England and Health Boards in Wales have received funding. The map also clearly shows which areas of the country are currently lacking. Northern Ireland and Scotland are sadly missing completely from this version of the map. To date, there has been no additional dedicated funding announced for specialist perinatal mental health services by these governments.

Across the country, there continues to be a postcode lottery for women and their families as to whether they can access specialist perinatal mental health services.  The Everyone’s Business Campaign calls for the map to Turn Green – as a matter of urgency – across all four nations; for women and families wherever they live to be able to receive the same levels of specialist support and treatment, as outlined in NICE and SIGN Guidelines. In England, there is a precious window of opportunity to receive the necessary funding to do this right now – CCGs without a dot need to be urged to get ready to apply for Wave 2 funding from NHS England in 2018. Our top tips can support this process.

Please note: The Red – Amber – Green -rated colour of each area currently remains unchanged from the previous Campaign map in order to give time for areas in receipt of funding to recruit new staff and establish new services. The team will be revisiting the original colour coding and will be able to share an updated map (hopefully showing positive change) in 2018.

Five ways to use the dotted UK map to campaign for change

1. Share the map with local decision makers, opinion leaders etc. either to celebrate progress to date in your area or to show why services need urgent improvement

2. Use the map on social media to highlight where funding for services is still needed using #everyonesbusiness

3. If you are in England and your area has not yet received dedicated funding, make sure it applies for NHS England Wave 2 funding (soon to be announced) as a matter of urgency. See our top tips on applying

4. If you are in Wales, use the map to celebrate being the only UK nation to have currently ensured new specialist perinatal mental health funding for each of its areas/Health Boards. However, ask searching questions. Is the money provided enough to actually Turn The Map Green in Wales (especially beyond Cardiff)? Will there continue to be a postcode lottery?

5. If you are in Northern Ireland or Scotland, use the map to highlight why these areas are currently missing because – to date – there has been no additional dedicated funding for specialist perinatal mental health community services.

Download the dotted version of the existing UK campaign map here which can be found on our website.

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New Mother and Baby Units

New Mother and Baby Units

The Everyone’s Business Campaign is delighted to hear that agreement has been given to build new specialist perinatal mental health inpatient Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) in four areas of England. Four providers have now been selected.

This will take the total number of MBUs across the UK from 17 to 21. The providers are:

In contrast, Wales and Northern Ireland still do not have an MBU (and there is no MBU in the whole island of Ireland).

Alain Gregoire, Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) said:

“We welcome the news that four new Mother and Baby Units will be built in England. It begins to redress the longstanding postcode lottery of specialist perinatal mental health services that multiple organisations have been campaigning about for many years.

“The MMHA will continue to work with the Government, Department of Health and NHS England to ensure that the new services open as soon as possible and deliver high quality care. We will also continue to campaign to ensure these services, and the whole pathway of care, are available to all women and families who need them, irrespective of where they live.”

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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.
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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