Perinatal Mental Health

The NHS Benchmarking Network were commissioned by NHS England to undertake a bespoke data collection on perinatal mental health services, which took place from June to August 2016. The data collection process involved all 58 English Mental Health Trusts and the aim of the project was to inform the Perinatal Expert Reference Group of the current provision of perinatal mental health services in England, covering both inpatient Mother and Baby Units and Community Mother and Baby Teams. The data collection covered 2015/16 outturn data, or in some cases, data as at a census date of 31.3.16.

Non-identifiable patient level data was requested from each Mental Health Trust in England, which contained episode data from all women discharged from a Mother and Baby Unit during 2015/16 or seen by a Mother and Baby Community Team during this time. The data collection also collected service level metrics, such as activity, staffing, quality and finance.

In addition to this, the NHS Benchmarking Network presented regional findings to all Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Networks across England, to aid local planning of perinatal mental health services. Each Network received bespoke reports and mapping packs alongside this, which indicated the women admitted to Mother and Baby Units from the CCGs in the area.

A high level national report is available to download and a toolkit is available to all participating trusts.

Please contact Aneesa Halim at for further information on this project.

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