Models of good practice
A series of Ten key recommendations for commissioners will help in the development of high-quality specialist perinatal mental health services for each area. These include:
- Ensure your community specialist perinatal mental health team is closely integrated with an inpatient mother and baby unit.
- Develop a regional perinatal mental health strategy involving all providers of perinatal mental health care in your area, including: maternity, general mental health, parenting and infant mental health services; health visiting services; clinical psychology services linked to maternity hospitals; IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) or equivalent services; general practice and the extended primary care team.
- Ensure a training programme is in place for non-specialists in the local area who are involved in the care of pregnant and postpartum women to identify early those at high risk of a perinatal mental illness. These include general adult mental health professionals, GPs, midwives, health visitors and IAPT or equivalent workers.
Below are examples of the excellent models you can use to establish perinatal mental health services in your area:
- Quality network for perinatal mental health services –standards for perinatal community mental health services
- Joint commissioning panel criteria –guidance for commissioners of perinatal mental health services 2012
- Quality network for perinatal mental health services –standards for mother and baby inpatient units