Perinatal mental health service wins parliamentary award

News: Perinatal mental health service wins parliamentary award

The Time Team Clinic at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, has won the All Party Parliamentary First 1,000 Days Award for the best example of a perinatal mental health service. They were one of five winners honoured at a reception in Westminster last month.

The Time Team clinic is delivered jointly by Oxleas and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. It focuses on early prevention in order to reduce the likelihood of a mental health crisis. Since 2006, the team has helped nearly 1000 mothers and their families cope with becoming new parents in difficult circumstances. 

The awards, run by the National Childcare Trust (NCT), celebrate excellence in care for parents and babies in the First 1,000 days. They were presented by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity to services and teams recognising their achievements in involving service users, supporting disadvantaged families, engaging fathers, promoting perinatal mental health and working as a multidisciplinary team. 

Oxleas was represented at the ceremony by Dr Parveen Nasir, an Associate Specialist with our Greenwich Mental Health Liaison Team. Also present from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust were Consultant Obstetrician Nigel Perks and Vlorah Hingley, who manages the Best Beginnings midwives.

The team received their award from Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter, who said: "It is vital that young families receive the highest quality care to give them the best start to life. The NCT awards have showcased some shining examples of top-rate care. These teams are truly inspiring and have rightly been recognised today."

The service is an excellent example of integrated working between partner organisations. Parveen said: "Social workers, midwives and mental health staff all work together to achieve a very high success rate. I was overwhelmed to be part of the team that received this award and it was wonderful to receive this recognition for our work."

Published on 15th December 2014