Posted By: Amy Tubb
13th September 2019
2 minute read
In this article, I will discuss the recent work done by the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Implementation Programme Board, the meetings of which I attend in my capacity as a Change Agent for Maternal Mental Health Scotland and an Everyone’s Business champion.
The PIMH Implementation Programme Board has been set up to help drive and implement the Scottish Government’s commitments to PIMH, as set out in ‘Better Mental Health in Scotland‘. It will also oversee the recommendations of the Perinatal Managed Clinical Network (PMCN).
You can see the planned work for 2019/2020 here.
The board has agreed with Alliance member Maternal Mental Health Scotland to employ a participation officer, in order to meaningfully gather the views of women and families, and use these to inform service development. We are delighted that the lived experience of women and families is at the heart of discussions and the starting point for any decision-making.
The key actions for 2019/2020 have the overarching themes of “More Capacity, More Staff and More Voices”. Specifically, the board:
*We welcome the provision of more funding to ensure that Scotland’s two Mother and Baby Units are staffed to the levels recommended by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Standards. Currently, they are operating at 81% of recommended capacity, according to recent data.
It’s fantastic to see the evidence-based approach to developing community perinatal mental health services and look forward to hearing about the first steps – particularly in the North of Scotland. However, we must bear in mind that in the intervening period, there are still women and families who will not have access to specialist services, where and when they need them.
We recognise the value of developing the skills of the current workforce. How do we know that there are going to be enough staff to work in the new and current specialist community services, and Mother and Baby Units?
Is the pledged £52m going to be enough?
How will services be sustained following the 5 years covered by this funding pledge?
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