Antenatal and postnatal mental health services
This commissioning guide provides support for the local implementation of NICE clinical guidelines through commissioning, and is a resource to help health professionals in England to commission effective antenatal and postnatal mental health services.
This commissioning guide should be read in conjunction with the following NICE guidance:
- NICE clinical guideline CG45. Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance
The clinical guideline covers clinical and cost effectiveness in detail and underpins the content of this guide. Implementation of the guidance noted above is the responsibility of local commissioners and/or providers. Commissioners and providers are reminded that it is their responsibility to implement this guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to avoid unlawful discrimination and to have regard to promoting equality of opportunity. Nothing in the guidance should be interpreted in a way which would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
- makes the case for commissioning antenatal and postnatal mental health services
- specifies service requirements
- helps you determine local service levels
- helps you ensure corporate and quality assurance.
The full text of this commissioning guide can be downloaded or accessed from the navigation menu on the right hand side of the screen. Download the openly available commissioning and benchmarking tool, there is no need to register.
For information on costs for the establishment of managed perinatal networks and specialist perinatal mother and baby units see the NICE costing report and NICE costing template for CG45 on antenatal and postnatal mental health.
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This page was last updated: 02 March 2012
- Antenatal and postnatal mental health services
- Commissioning antenatal and postnatal mental health services
- Specifying antenatal and postnatal mental health services
- Determining local service levels for antenatal and postnatal mental health services
- Assumptions used in estimating a population benchmark
- The commissioning and benchmarking tool
- Ensuring corporate and quality assurance