NHS England has launched a Perinatal Mental Health Community Service Development Fund, to support service development and increase the availability of high-quality care and interventions for women, their babies and families. The fund will focus on expanding existing community teams into a wider geography or resourcing small teams with limited provision to meet the needs of local populations more comprehensively.
NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprints are invited to submit funding proposals and plans for up to three years. This year £5 million is available, increasing to £15m in the subsequent two years. A second wave of proposals will also be funded from 2018/19.
Applicants are encouraged to work in conjunction with their local Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network and the closing date for proposals is Friday 16th September 2016, 5pm. Detailed guidance and an application form is available at here.