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Trust to use NHS cash to improve specialist community mental health services for new and expectant mums

Trust to use NHS cash to improve specialist community mental health services for new and expectant mums
15 May 2018

Mental health services for new and expectant mums in Hull and East Riding will be expanded using part of an NHS cash injection worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust will strengthen its specialist community perinatal mental health services after securing part of a £23 million NHS England grant. 

The service will be extended to include a small amount of social work, occupational therapy and more medical input, as well as nursery nurses, to ensure more practical help is given to women with complex and severe mental health problems - including anxiety and depression - and their families. 

The Trust will also use the money by working with partners such as NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS East Riding CCG to improve the service’s links with GP-based mental health care and to ensure all new and expectant mums with these illnesses receive the support they need. 

The Trust will receive its new funding from North-East Lincolnshire CCG after the CCG submitted a successful bid on behalf of Humber Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), an alliance of more than 20 healthcare organisations. 

Trust managers will also join forces with other partners, including Navigo and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, to introduce specialist community perinatal mental health services in North and North-East Lincolnshire. 

They will also work closely with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) as it introduces new services in two other underserved areas of the country, Scarborough and York. 

Trust Chief Executive Michele Moran said: “This is fantastic news for new and expectant mothers throughout Yorkshire and Humber, one in five of whom will experience a mental health problem during their pregnancy and in the first year of birth. 

“The money will enable us to ensure they receive the high-quality care they need by expanding our award-winning services and working with our partners to introduce them to areas which until now have lacked support. 

“The money will also help us ensure that successful treatments for mental illness continue to become a part of overall healthcare at the earliest possible stage of life.” 

The funding is part of a £365 million plan to ensure 30,000 more women can access specialist perinatal services by 2021.

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