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Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance [CG192]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 1.10.3

Clinical networks should be established for perinatal mental health services, managed by a coordinating board of healthcare professionals, commissioners, managers, and service users and carers. These networks should provide: - a specialist multidisciplinary perinatal service in each locality, which provides direct services, consultation and advice to maternity services, other mental health services and community services; in areas of high morbidity these services may be provided by separate specialist perinatal teams - access to specialist expert advice on the risks and benefits of psychotropic medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding - clear referral and management protocols for services across all levels of the existing stepped‑care frameworks for mental health problems, to ensure effective transfer of information and continuity of care - pathways of care for service users, with defined roles and competencies for all professional groups involved. [2007]

What was measured: Proportion of trusts and boards reporting involvement in a perinatal mental health network.
Data collection end: August 2017
Number that met the criteria: 105 / 155
Area covered: Great Britain
Source: The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

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