Dr Jo Black is one of NHS England’s two Associate National Clinical Directors for perinatal mental health, working alongside Dr Giles Berrisford, the clinical lead at the Birmingham Perinatal Mental Health Service at BSMHFT. Here she discusses her reasons for taking the role, the challenges ahead, and the partnerships being formed to deliver this vital transformation in NHS services and care:
My first few months as one of two Associate Clinical Directors for perinatal mental health have been fascinating, daunting and invigorating.
I am a perinatal psychiatrist working with a fantastic community perinatal mental health team in Devon.
Families in Devon tell us that having good perinatal mental health care in the community has been life-saving and life-changing for them. It has empowered women with mental health concerns to actively direct their care. They describe having a respectful experience in pregnancy, birth and postnatally.