Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Mapping tool to improve perinatal mental health

  • Comment

An online mapping tool has been launched to help health professionals improve services for mothers with mental health problems during pregnancy or the year after birth.

Using the mapping tool, health professionals will be able to rate their local services against national standards to identify strengths and gaps where more work is needed.

The tool has seven themed areas, which set out key standards for the different services and processes that should ideally exist in each local area. It also pulls out cross cutting themes, like support for new fathers.

The innovation was developed by the National Lottery-funded Mums and Babies in Mind project and has been welcomed by the Institute of Health Visiting.

Dr Cheryll Adams, executive director of the institute, said she was delighted to support the launch of the mapping tool.

She said it would help local perinatal mental health leaders – many of whom were health visitors – to identify and address any concerns in their local support systems “to ensure that every mum and her family get the support that they need”.

Up to 20% of new mothers will experience a mental health problem and need support from a range of services, including GPs, midwives, health visitors and mental health services, said the institute.

Cheryll Adams

Cheryll Adams

Cheryll Adams

Evidence shows that there are “shocking gaps” in services across the system, it noted. For example, there is no specialist mental health service in more than 40% of areas in England.

Dr Adams said: “We are also extremely pleased that the new tool includes recommendations for iHV ‘champions’ and specialist health visitors in every service, as well as mandatory training in perinatal mental health and infant mental health.

“This strengthens the work that the iHV has done and continues to deliver in perinatal mental health and infant mental health training and ensuring standards for health visitor professionals and the families they work with,” she said.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs