If a woman experiences a complex or severe mental health problem during her pregnancy or post-birth, she can be eligible for specialist services from community perinatal mental health teams, which offer psychiatric and psychological assessments and care.
Our multi-disciplinary team includes specialist perinatal mental health nurses, registered nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, nursery nurses, peer support workers and other key staff who provide continuity of care to women and their babies.
We also provide pre-conception advice for women with a complex or severe mental health problem (current or past) who are planning a pregnancy.
We offer assessments, therapeutic supports and group activities and involve partners as well as families in our intervention strategies.
The service forms part of a wider system of care working with women and families and service partners are crucial, both in the care and interventions they offer as part of supporting good mental health. We work closely with community midwives, health visitors, specialist midwives, family partnership nurses, social services and other important social and health care agencies who can help identify potential issues requiring specialist support and refer people to the appropriate services.
are available via GPs, community midwives, social workers, health visitors,
other mental health services or other agencies. If a woman has received
services in the past, she can self-refer at the next pregnancy.
to Fridays, 9am-5pm.
when we receive a referral, we will undertake a triage of your situation. This
may involve a telephone call to gain more information about your mental health
situation and needs. We may consult with the referrer if we require additional
data to help us decide on whether you meet our criteria. If you do not meet the
criteria, we can refer to an appropriate service, including the Wellbeing service.
We have a joint arrangement with Wellbeing, offering priority attention to
pregnant or post-natal women.
If we feel that you need a specialist perinatal mental health
assessment, we will book this and send a letter to confirm the date and time. This
may be done alongside a perinatal consultant psychiatrist. You may be
signposted to other services but if your mental health situation deteriorates,
a referral can be resent or you may contact our office and ask that your
situation be reviewed.
Perinatal Community Mental
Call 01603 786781.
We are in the process of developing some support for partners.
We signpost partners to their GPs if they require formal mental health supports
and refer partners or family members to Carer’s Support Services if they wish
to be assessed as a carer.
We support partners and families by including them in the
Care Plan processes, all appointments and other activities.
Free parking, including disabled spaces, is available on site.
Our office is disability friendly, this includes the toilet facilities.
A water cooler is available and we have a cafe on our Hellesdon site.