Expansion of perinatal mental health services a welcome step towards delivering NHS long term plan

04 April 2019

Responding to NHS England’s announcement of new specialist mental health services for new and expectant mothers, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

“We welcome NHS England announcing the roll out of specialist mental health care closer to home for new and expectant mothers across England.

“The expansion of services outlined today builds on existing work to improve perinatal mental health care, and is a welcome step towards realising the ambitions set out in the NHS long term plan.

The expansion of services outlined today builds on existing work to improve perinatal mental health care, and is a welcome step towards realising the ambitions set out in the NHS long term plan.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

“This will help to reduce out of area placements which can impact overall quality of care and can delay recovery through disconnection from family.

“However, mental health services are under significant strain due to rising demand as well as severe workforce pressures. It is important that as well as additional resources and funding for specialist services, we are also investing in core mental health services.”

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