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Perinatal mental health team scoops prestigious award

Perinatal mental health team scoops prestigious award
09 February 2018

Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s perinatal mental health service is celebrating after winning a prestigious British Journal of Midwifery Practice Award.

The team, which supports women in Hull and East Yorkshire who have antenatal and post-natal mental health problems, was delighted to be presented with the ‘Team of the Year’ prize at an awards ceremony at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool.

The award recognises collaborative working and innovation and is given to the team which has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to midwifery.

The Trust team was shortlisted for its commitment to resolving everyday challenges in perinatal mental health, such as poor attendance and the need to improve prediction, diagnosis and referral rates.

Working with the University of Hull, the team used the results of University research into women’s perinatal psychological wellbeing to improve outcomes for patients.

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, said:

“I am delighted that the dedication and professionalism of this highly motivated team have been recognised in winning this prestigious award.

“The collaborative and successful working relationship that the University of Hull has enjoyed with the Hull and East Yorkshire Perinatal Mental Health Liaison Service over the last 10 years has been key to service development and driving fundamental change in specialist perinatal mental illness (PMI) health care provision and management, thereby promoting optimal outcomes for mothers, their babies, partners, families and wider society.

“The University is committed to playing a major role in improving the health of the people of the region – and working in partnership with this team to drive change in maternal healthcare is just one way of the ways we have been able to address key health issues.”

Members of the team have worked with the University and other partners to deliver high-quality, funded clinical practice and service development projects and their efforts have earned them a local, regional, national and international reputation for research and strategy.

Team lead Claire Marshall said: “It was an honour just to be shortlisted for the award, but to have been named team of the year is absolutely incredible. The entire team works incredibly hard and their dedication and passion is second to none – they are absolutely delighted to have been recognised in this way.

“It’s a real testament to the care they deliver and the much-needed support to people who are struggling.”

Claire and her team offer early detection of mental health issues, specialist assessments, early interventions, customised perinatal mental health care plans, and family protection and welfare.

They also provide women and family-centred care, education and training events for core health professionals, and collaborative working at all stages of the detection and care cycle.

This award is their third honour in two months.

They emerged as the big winners during the Trust’s 2017 Staff Awards, bagging the Mental Health Team of the Year honour and then scooping the biggest accolade of the evening – Outstanding Team of the Year.

The team received its second award from Julie Jomeen, Professor of Midwifery and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, in front of an audience of 130 guests at Willerby Manor Hotel.

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