23 Aug 2016
The trust’s perinatal mental health service has been shortlisted for a 2016 Positive Practice in Mental Health Award.
The award, supported by NHS England, celebrates innovative positive practice by teams working in community perinatal mental health services.
The team won the award because of how they have transformed existing perinatal services into an integrated pathway that supports women at every step of their journey. The new service launched in February 2016, and gives women in Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham better access to mental health care during pregnancy and after birth.
Service users and carers have been at the centre of developing the new model of care, which provides rapid access to the appropriate mental health service. Women and their families are seen at home, in local children’s centres and in maternity hospitals to ensure they are given the best possible opportunity to stay well, recover quickly and be treated in a family friendly environment.
Susan McCabe, service manager, said: “I’m very proud that the team has been nominated for this award. Since the launch of the perinatal service six months ago, the team have worked hard to ensure a successful start, and enable women to give their children the best start in life.
“This nomination is a great achievement for us and a recognition of the work that has been done, alongside primary care, maternity services, our commissioners and other specialist services, to ensure women are provided with an integrated service that is responsive to their needs.”
Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 13 October 2016.