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NHS England team review progress of new specialist community perinatal mental health service

23rd November 2018

NHSE_visit_to_LSC_Community_PMH_team.jpgLast month Camilla Rosen and Giles Berrisford from NHS England’s national perinatal mental health (PMH) team visited the region to look at progress on the new specialist community PMH service being developed in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The new service, due to launch from January 2019, will offer psychiatric and psychological assessments and care for women with complex or severe mental health problems during pregnancy up to one year after giving birth. The service will also provide pre-conception advice for women with a current or past severe mental illness who are planning a pregnancy.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation is one of 35 new sites across the country to have been awarded funding, as part of a drive by NHS England to enable access to specialist perinatal mental health community services across the country by April 2019.

Dr Gillian Strachan, Consultant Psychiatrist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Lead for the North West Coast Strategic Clinical Network said:

We are determined to work in partnership across the region to make sure that women and babies are given the best start in life

"This additional £1.3 million investment for specialist community perinatal mental health services will mean that women across Lancashire and South Cumbria will be able to access high quality services when and where they need it.

“We are determined to work in partnership across the region to make sure that women and babies are given the best start in life and this is a positive step towards that. It’s a much needed addition to the investment in the Cumbria and Lancashire Mother and Baby Unit which we launched earlier this month.”

The specialist community PMH team will be made up of a variety of different health professionals including psychiatrists, specialist nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and dedicated administrators who will work together to provide a comprehensive service to mums and their infants, depending on their individual needs. The team will also work closely with the Trust’s recently opened Perinatal Mother and Baby Unit and existing services across maternity, mental health and health visiting.

The Trust also held a co-production event for stakeholders on 21st November, giving them the opportunity to influence and co-design the new specialist service.

More information

To find out more about the specialist community PMH service in Lancashire and South Cumbria, please visit

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