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Perinatal Quality Network

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4 February 2014

The fourth edition of the Perinatal Quality Network Standard's for inpatient Mother and Baby Units are now available to view. Standards are revised each year with input from our membership and service users to improve the quality of  each subsequent review cycle. For more information, please visit our Useful Downloads section on the Joining the Network Page.

 

7 October 2013

The Perinatal Quality Network has now changed address, for more information, please visit the Contact Us page.

 

07 May 2013

Livingston Mother and Baby Unit has now been accredited as excellent by the Perinatal Quality Network. Thumbswood Mother and Baby Unit has also been awarded accreditation, bring the total number of accredited services across the UK to 11. The Perinatal Quality Network would like to congratulate these services for their achievement.

The list of accredited mother and baby units is as follows:

Newly Accredited as excellent:

  • Livingston Mother and Baby Unit

Newly Accredited

  • Thumbswood Mother and Baby unit, Welwyn Garden City

Accredited as excellent

  • Beadnell Ward, Morpeth

Accredited

  • The Beeches, Derby
  • Brockington Mother and Baby Unit, Stafford
  • Leeds Mother and Baby Unit
  • Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit, Hackney
  • Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit, Nottingham
  • Melbury Lodge, Winchester

 

15 April 2013

The Perinatal Team would like to welcome the first group of Community Perinatal Mental Health Teams to join the Network. The services that have signed up for community peer reviews are:

  • South London and Maudsley (SLAM) Community Perinatal Services
  • Newcastle and North Tyneside Perinatal Community Team
  • Derbyshire Community Perinatal Service
  • Livingston Perinatal Mentalh Health Service
  • Hampshire Perinatal Mental Health
  • Sheffield Perinatal Mental Health Team
  • Leeds Community Perinatal Mental Health Service
  • Nottingham Perinatal Community Team

 

 

30 October 2012

A further two services have now been accredited, bringing the total to 9 accredited services:

Newly Accredited:

  • Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit
  • Glasgow Mother and Baby Unit

now join the other units:

Accredited as excellent

  • Beadnell Ward, Morpeth

Accredited

  • The Beeches, Derby
  • Brockington Mother and Baby Unit, Stafford
  • Leeds Mother and Baby Unit
  • Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit, Hackney
  • Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit, Nottingham
  • Melbury Lodge, Winchester

 

2 August 2012

Introducing the new Perinatal Community Standards

 

We're pleased to announce that our new standards for community perinatal mental health services are now available to download.

 

Perinatal Community Standards 1st Edition

 

We will shortly begin reviewing services against the standards using the same process as mother and baby units have been engaged with since 2007. In our first year, we will initially be working with services who:

 

1.    Have more than one discipline working into them

2.    Have the primary function of working with women experiencing mental ill health in the perinatal period

 

If you would like your community services to be one of the first in the country to be members of the network, please fill in our joining form.

As a special offer to services already participating in our inpatient review process, if your community team also joins the network, we will apply a 15% discount to your membership fee.

 

To find out more information, please contact the team.

 

17 July 2012

Cycle 5 Perinatal Annual Forum, Wednesday 28th November 2012

 

This year's Annual Forum will be held at:

Hallam Conference Centre

44 Hallam Street  

London

W1W 6JJ

 

We are now accepting abstracts for workshops and presentations. If you would like to find out more or submit your abstract, please contact the team.

 

12 December 2011

The third edition of the inpatient standards is now available:

Perinatal Inpatient Standards 3rd Edition

 

17 November 2011

The fifth cycle of reviews has now begun and 17 mother and baby units throughout the UK are participating this year - more than ever before. More units will be working towards accreditation over the coming year. Seven units were accredited this year:

 

Accredited as excellent

 

  • Beadnell Ward, Morpeth

 

Accredited

 

  • The Beeches, Derby
  • Brockington Mother and Baby Unit, Stafford
  • Leeds Mother and Baby Unit
  • Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit, Hackney
  • Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit, Nottingham
  • Melbury Lodge, Winchester

 

Congratulations to all the teams for their achievement.

 

20 December 2010

New mailbase discussion group for National Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network

At this time, perhaps more than ever before, having links with others working in the field of maternal and perinatal mental health is important, so as to ensure that we have access to collective wisdom, experience and knowledge.

There are policy changes on the way in relation to the NHS (see the White Paper for reference to maternity networks) and children’s services as well as a challenging fiscal and organisational agenda.

 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement has agreed to work with CHIMAT to bring members of the national PIMH electronic network their own discussion group.

 

The advantages this offers all network members are:

  • Provision of relevant timely advice from members to members
  • Easy to use method for professionals to share good practice and solve problems as a multi-professional community
  • Easily accessible way for policy teams to consult with professionals and for professionals to advise and influence policy
  • Professionals can access mutual support if they wish by establishing telephone and face to face contact
  • Promotion of service improvement, leading to learning transfer and successful implementation of service improvements
  • Sharing and improving personal therapeutic and practice skills
  • A stepped approach supporting novice to expert members
  • Above all this network will enable all of you to support each other

It’s a facility which the Royal College already offers to mental health professionals via the FOCUS and QNIC email discussion groups which are used nationally and internationally.

 

This new mailbase will have a specific focus on Perinatal and Infant Mental Health which we hope will attract a wide range of people of varying professional backgrounds working with these issues. Its being offered on a trial basis.

So, if you don’t use it, then you will probably lose it and with it, a good  opportunity to share issues quickly and easily across wide range of colleagues.

So please join it, and then send some questions, opinions, or requests to the other members. If each network member does this once in the next 6 months that will generate nearly two questions a day, and help to ensure its longevity.

To get involved, send an email to pimh@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk with JOIN in the subject heading.


Where next...

 

Perinatal Quality Network, 2nd Floor, Royal College of Psychiatrists,

21 Prescott Street, London, E1 8AD 

 Tel: 020 3701 2662   Fax: 020 3701 2761   Email: perinatal-chat@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk

 

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