Commissioning involves deciding how to use the all the resources available in a system in order to improve citizens’ outcomes in the most efficient, effective & sustainable way. Commissioning good pathways of care for women with perinatal mental illness is complicated because it requires collaboration between a large number of commissioning and provider organisations.
The organisations that are responsible for commissioning services for women with perinatal mental health problems and their families include NHS England, CCGs and Local Authorities in England, and their equivalents in the devolved nations.
This page sets out a number of tools and resources which might be useful for anyone involved in commissioning services for women with perinatal mental health problems.
Mental Health in Pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies and toddlers needs assessment report
Author: Chimat, Public Health England
Publication Date: December 2015
This needs assessment report brings together data and evidence on mental health in the antenatal and postnatal periods, and the social and emotional development and wellbeing of babies and toddlers. It can be used to inform local needs assessments by giving commissioners an indication of perinatal and infant mental health need in their area.
Building Better Perinatal Mental Health Services
Author: London Strategic Clinical Network
Publication Date: October 2015
This document outlines the key messages and principles for CCGs in commissioning perinatal mental health services and includes a table of key policy and guidance documents.
Mums and Babies in Mind Leaders’ Top Tips Report on Commissioning
Author: Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Publication Date: December 2016
This short reports capture key messages for those involved in commissioning perinatal mental health services.
Perinatal Mental Health Data Catalogue
Author: Public Health England
Publication date: Oct 2016
The perinatal mental health data catalogue lists resources relevant to perinatal mental health intelligence. It includes national datasets published at clinical commissioning group (CCG), local authority or provider level. It has information on data availability and location.