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Dr Joanne Black

Dr Joanne Black

Chair, Perinatal Faculty

Dr Joanne Black is a consultant perinatal Psychiatrist working in the community in Devon Partnership NHS Trust. She has been a member of the Perinatal Faculty Executive Team since 2016, and prior to this was the South West Regional Representative for the Faculty.

Jo held the position of Associate National Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health at NHSE between 2016 and 2020. During this time she worked with the wider perinatal team to implement the 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health, providing clinical leadership to the programme. This resulted in development of community perinatal mental health teams to serve every family in England and commissioning 4 new Mother and Baby units so families can receive vital inpatient care as close to home as possible.

Within Devon, Jo has clinically lead a service which has grown from scratch and now has comprehensive community and outreach provision. She worked with local architects to create a vision for a new build MBU, and championed coproduction in the build process to ensure women and families co-produced the final brief. The Unit won a National Architecture in Health Award in 2019.

Jo has an interest in collaboration with those working in the arts to amplify the stories of women and families to be used in training, education and public awareness, including film makes, animators, playwrights, crafters, musicians and artists. The suite of material which has been created has had wide reaching benefits both in the UK and overseas.

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