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Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services News

We would like to congratulate Hampshire Perinatal Community Team for being the first Community Perinatal team to be accredited!

There is now a new edition of the perinatal summer newsletter!

It has been a long time since the last one and with so much going on in the perinatal community we thought it an ideal time to reintroduce it. In this edition we look over the last few months of work within the quality network and we also welcome several articles from contributing authors.

Please find the new perinatal summer edition of the newsletter here.

For any queries, please contact

The Perinatal Quality Network Community Annual Report for cycle 3 is now available in 'useful downloads'.

The Cycle 3 Community Annual Report can be read here.

The Perinatal Quality Network is launching a new outcome measure which all inpatient and community members are invited to utilise.

What is the POEM?

The Patient rated Outcome and Experience Measure (POEM) is a new tool developed to capture satisfaction over time and detect fluctuations within a service. The POEM is themed around communication, care environment, information provision, and baby care. Patients and partners/family members will be invited by services to complete the POEM when the patient is discharged from inpatient or community perinatal care. It is intended as a continuous routine evaluation.

How do we use it?

Members will be able to access the survey tool via a web link to input data and are encouraged to ask as many patients and partners as possible to complete it online. For inpatient units, this might mean using a laptop or tablet to support data collection. If you would also like a paper version this can be arranged. However, please note that the long term use of the POEM is likely to be more sustainable, the greater the number of electronic returns that we get back.


The project team will be collating the data centrally here using the responses submitted via the survey link. If any paper versions are used then we will also input the data for those. This will minimise the workload for members so that the focus can be centred on trying to encourage as many patients and partners/family to complete it as possible. We will then organise the data and send it back to you in a report for benchmarking with each service/unit only identifiable to themselves. Copies of raw data for each service can also be sent on request.


If you would like an individual link for your service to complete the POEM, please email or call 020 3701 2714.

For a list of current accreditation statuses of all member units please click here.

Where next...


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

21 Prescott Street, London, E1 8BB 

 Tel: 020 3701 2714   Fax: 020 3701 2761   Email:


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