London Perinatal Mental Health Network nominated for HSJ award

23 August 2019

The London Perinatal Mental Health Work is a finalist in the 2019 Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards, in the Acute or Specialist Service Redesign Initiative - London and the South category.

Mother and baby

Prior to national investment in specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services, a small group of passionate clinicians, initiated by Lis Jones, our former Director of Nursing, had been working since 2013 with limited resources to develop the London Perinatal Mental Health Network. 

In 2016, NHS England’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health heralded the transformation of perinatal services and the Network led London’s Perinatal Mental Health Transformation Programme, overseen by London’s Mental Health Transformation Board.

Today, the Network has membership of over 350 professionals involved in caring for women and their families across the perinatal care pathway. Each network has a multidisciplinary membership including commissioners, midwives, obstetricians, health visitors, psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, third sector and voluntary organisations, and experts with lived experience

Our own Jo Maitland, Perinatal Mental Health Training and Service Development Lead and London Perinatal Mental Health Network Coordinator, has been instrumental in the development of the network, and the Trust congratulates Jo and all the network members on a well-deserved recognition. 

Jo says: “It’s an honour to be nominated alongside other innovative projects from across London and the South East. As a result of the perinatal mental health service redesign, with support from the NHS England 5 year forward view, today women and their families are able to access specialist perinatal mental health care in every London borough.”

The awards take place November 6, and you can read the full list of nominees now.

For more information about Perinatal Mental Health see the Healthy London website. 

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