Perinatal mental health community services development fund

The specialist perinatal mental health community services development fund was launched in August 2016, to promote service development and quality improvement and increase the availability of high-quality care for women and families.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS trusts and foundation trusts and Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints were invited to submit proposals for up to three years, from 2016/17–2018/19, focused on expanding existing specialist community teams or developing small new teams.

The fund was significantly oversubscribed, receiving 64 proposals from across all regions of England. All proposals were assessed by an expert panel including specialist clinicians and women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness.

In light of the interest and high-quality bids received, a total of 20 proposals have been selected for wave 1, covering 90 CCGs, six STP footprints and the four NHS England regions.

Successful areas will be expected to share learning and good practice to support other areas preparing to develop their own specialist teams and to help reduce variation in the availability and quality of perinatal mental health services across England.

In wave 1 are:

  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Working with seven CCGs to expand the service and to pilot peer support, enhanced medication advice and psychological input for traumatic births.
  • Birmingham South Central CCG – Working with partners to develop a comprehensive perinatal mental health community service focused on NICE-concordant care and interventions
  • Bradford & Airedale District Care NHS Foundation Trust – Expanding a small service and using the expertise of established projects and partnerships to engage with groups who have traditionally been under represented within health/mental health services.
  • Bristol CCG – Partnership working across three CCGs to expand a recently established small team into a wider area, introduce new electronic records to support shared care, and develop community support groups, buddying and telephone support.
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust – Working with five CCGs to expand the  service into another four London boroughs, with stronger links and partnerships with existing community assets, including third sector and faith groups.
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Developing new teams within three mental health provider trusts across 10 CCGs, supported by a multi-agency perinatal mental health clinical network, with a focus on innovative ways of raising awareness.
  • Cornwall STP – Expanding the small team to make comprehensive integrated pathways of specialist care available across the county, and increase capacity to lead educational and awareness-raising activities.
  • Gloucestershire CCG – Developing a new service, supported by the perinatal mental health clinical network, and collaboration with the Mums and Babies in Mind project led by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.
  • Herts Valleys CCG – Developing a new service across two CCG areas so women across the county can access specialist care, supported by strong cross-system preparation.
  • North East Essex CCG – Working across seven CCGs to expand the team in South Essex and develop a new team in North Essex, supported by partnerships across the system.
  • Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust – Working with eight CCGs to expand the service, with improved integration with maternity and community services and broader training for other professionals.
  • New Devon CCG and South Devon and Torbay CCG – Working with three CCGs to expand the existing service and training programme, and developing peer and family support through voluntary sector partnerships.
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – Developing a new service so women across four CCG areas can benefit from specialist care, introducing clinical leadership to support integrated pathways of care across provider organisations.
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust – Expanding the service to support the roll out of a regional perinatal mental health pathway across another four CCG areas, and including new peer support workers.
  • Nottingham City CCG – Partnership working across seven CCGs to expand the service, with reduced waiting times, introducing outreach work, and more training for other professionals to support early detection and intervention.
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust – Expanding the service across an additional three CCG areas, including peer support for mums, partners and older siblings in partnership with the voluntary sector, and a service user-led qualitative service evaluation.
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – Expanding the service to enable access for more women with reduced waiting times, and to develop an enhanced education offer to reduce stigma and support early diagnosis and integrated care.
  • South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Developing a new service across five CCG areas, including peer support workers, and maximising use of technology to enable integrated working across maternity and community settings.
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Partnership working to expand and develop existing services across the whole of Sussex and East Surrey STP.
  • The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust – Expanding a very limited service across five London boroughs, with strong integration into existing mental health, local authority, women‘s and children’s services.