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A survey of specialist perinatal mental health services in England

  • Olufemi Oluwatayo (a1) and Trevor Friedman (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

To survey current specialist perinatal psychiatric provisions and opinion about these services in England. A brief semi-structured confidential questionnaire was circulated to the lead clinician or manager responsible for perinatal services of the 78 mental health trusts in England.

Results

Fifty-seven trusts (73%) responded. In 26 trusts (46%), availability of either specialist in-patient facilities and/or intensive home treatment facilities were reported. In only 13 trusts (23%) was there evidence of provision of services covering both in-patient and community components. The number of mother and baby units or their equivalents has reduced in the past decade. The services were generally considered to be inadequate nationwide and opinion remains divided about the best approach for providing them.

Clinical Implications

There is a need for a recommendation of a national standard provision of perinatal services by mental health trusts.

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A survey of specialist perinatal mental health services in England

  • Olufemi Oluwatayo (a1) and Trevor Friedman (a2)
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