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Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services News


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.


To access the survey please follow the link:   

The Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services are pleased to announce that following the recent Accreditation Committee Thumbswood Mother and Baby Unit, Rainbow Mother and Baby Unit and Andersen Unit have now been Accredited. We would like to congratulate these units on their achievements.

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

Nursery Nurses Special Interest Day, Friday 23 September

The nursery nurses special interest day will take place at The Royal College of Psychiatrists' on Friday 23 September.

For booking and more information, please contact Joe Lindsay on 020 3701 2667 or email at

Perinatal Annual Forum, Tuesday 15 November

The next perinatal annual forum will be taking place on Tuesday 15 November at The Royal College of Psychiatrists'.

Please find the programme for the day here.

If you would like to book a place to attend, please fill in the following:

Booking form

Credit card mandate

Please return both of these to Nuala Flewett at or 020 3701 2577.

The Patient Representative Special Interest Day took place at the College on 12th September 2016. The Perinatal Quality Network would like to thank all speakers who presented at the day, the feedback has also been really positive!

The new edition of the Perinatal Quality Network Standard's for Community Mother and Baby Units are now available to view.

For more information, please visit our Useful Downloads section on the Joining the Network Page.

These will be used in the Fourth Cycle for Community Services. The services who are participating in this cycle are:

·         Cardiff Perinatal Community Service

·         East London Perinatal Service

·         Derbyshire Perinatal Community Mental Health

·         Devon Perinatal Mental Health Service

·         Dorset Perinatal Community Team

·         Hampshire Perinatal Mental Health

·         Hull and East Yorkshire Perinatal Mental Health Liaison Service

·         Leeds Perinatal Mental Health Service

·         Livingston Community Perinatal Mental Health Team

·         Leicester Community Perinatal Service

·         Nottingham Perinatal Mental Health Service

·         Perinatal Community Team Northumberland Tyne and Wear

·         Perinatal Mental Health Services Birmingham and Solihull

·         Perinatal Mental Health Service- Glasgow and Clyde

·         Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service North East London

·         Sheffield Perinatal Mental Health

·         South London and Maudsley Community Perinatal Services

·         Tower Hamlets Perinatal Service

.         Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham Perinatal Mental Health Service

·         Worcestershire Community Perinatal Service

Where next...


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

21 Prescott Street, London, E1 8BB 

 Tel: 020 3701 2577   Fax: 020 3701 2761   Email:


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