Funding for new perinatal mental health services

TEWV has secured funding from NHS England to introduce new, much needed community perinatal mental health services across County Durham and Darlington, North Yorkshire and The Vale of York and to enhance existing services in Teesside.

The Trust was part of a successful bid with local clinical commissioning groups to provide new services, which will support local women who are experiencing mental health difficulties during pregnancy or in the first year after they have had their baby. In addition the bid also includes funding to expand on the current services that we provide in Teesside.

The funding forms part of NHS England’s phased five year transformation programme to develop specialist perinatal services across England, enabling 30,000 more women each year to access appropriate specialist treatment and support by 2021 and reducing the unacceptable variation in access to high quality care.

Commenting on the bid Dr Sally Bell, senior clinical director for TEWV adult mental health said: “Welcoming new life into the world is usually can be a fantastic experience but for some mums, what should be a happy time can be tinged by post-natal depression, anxiety or other mental health illnesses.

“The funding is fantastic news for the Trust and for local women, who until now have been unable to access specialist services in the community, as it means they will now be able to get the care and support that they need. We already operate perinatal mental health services on Teesside and will now be able to use the funds, along with our experience and expertise to provide specialist community perinatal care to women in this area too.”

Once established and in operation the new service will support the 5% of the perinatal population who need specialist services and will work closely with maternity/ health visiting/ primary care. With the additional funding and expansion of services it is estimated that TEWV will be able to provide support to over 1,000 more women each year.


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