The Trust is pleased to announce that it will be providing a specialist community perinatal service for women in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The service will support both expecting and new mums who are experiencing mental health problem during the perinatal period.
The brand new service will open later this year and will offer psychiatric and psychological assessments and care for women with complex or severe mental health problems during pregnancy up to one year after giving birth. The service will also provide pre-conception advice for women with a current or past severe mental illness who are planning a pregnancy. The Trust is one of 35 new sites across the country to have been awarded funding, as part of a drive by NHS England to enable access to specialist perinatal mental health community services across the country by April next year.
Dr Gillian Strachan, Consultant Psychiatrist at Lancashire Care and Clinical Lead for the perinatal mental health North West Coast Strategic Clinical Network, said:
"This additional £1.3 million investment for specialist community perinatal mental health services will mean that women across Lancashire and South Cumbria will be able to access high quality services when and where they need it.
“We are determined to work in partnership across the region to make sure that women and babies are given the best start in life and this is a positive step towards that. It’s a much needed addition to the investment in the Cumbria and Lancashire mother and baby unit.”
The team will be made up of a variety of different health professionals including psychiatrists, specialist nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and dedicated administrators who will work together to provide a comprehensive service to mums and their infants, depending on their individual needs. The team will also work closely with the Trust’s Perinatal Mother and Baby Unit and existing services such as maternity services, health visiting, and existing mental health teams as well as the mother and baby unit outreach service to ensure that there is continuity of care for mums and their families.
For more information about the Community Perinatal Service or MBU which will open in the Autumn please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/perinatal-mental-health.