20 January 2017
The first Scotland-wide network of
specialists focused on improving mental health for new and
expectant mothers is being launched today.
The Managed Clinical Network will bring together perinatal and
infant mental health professionals from across Scotland, who will
develop and implement guidelines and best practice.
The Scottish Government said the new network will identify gaps
in current perinatal care, and ensure that everybody gets the same
high level of care throughout the country.
Separate reviews by the National Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC)
recommended the establishment of a clinical network, which Mental
Health Minister Maureen Watt will launch at Aberdeen Royal
A report published by the MWC last year showed a geographically
mixed level of service in hospitals and in the community. It also
found that a third of mothers who needed hospital care were treated
in non-specialist wards without their babies.
Dr Gary Morrison, Executive Director (Medical), at the Mental
Welfare Commission, said:
"New mothers and mothers-to-be who experience mental ill health
are particularly in need of good quality care.
"We welcome this announcement by the Scottish Government. Their
commitment to establishing a Scotland-wide network will allow a
much greater sharing of expertise between health care teams, and
reduce the variation in care that women currently receive. It will
help improve care for women who are unwell at this time in their
lives, wherever they live in Scotland."
Jamie Wilson 0131 313 8782
Note to editors
A copy of the full news release from the Scottish Government is
available here: http://news.gov.scot/news/mental-health-for-new-mums
A copy of the Commission's perinatal report, entitled 'Keeping
Mothers and Babies in Mind', is available here: /media/320718/perinatal_report_final.pdf