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New perinatal collaborative launched for women in south London


The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) has launched a new Perinatal Provider Collaborative to improve services and care for women in south London experiencing mental health problems during their pregnancy and first year after birth.

Specialist clinicians and colleagues across support services from the three SLP mental health trusts (Oxleas, South London and Maudsley, and South West London and St George’s) are working with south east and south west London Integrated Care Systems to improve care, and develop innovative new pathways and services.

The new programme will cover inpatient and community care, enabling us to develop clinically-led and service-user informed services to meet our local population and patients’ needs.

Dr Ify Okocha, CEO of Oxleas, and SLP Senior Responsible Officer for the programme, said:

We aim to combine our expertise, new ideas and innovation, and make best use of devolved commissioning budgets, to transform care and outcomes for women during and immediately after pregnancy.

SLP programmes have already delivered significant benefits through collaboration at scale in delivering specialist mental healthcare services. Transformation has included refocussed pathways, new care models, moving more care from inpatient wards to community settings closer to people’s homes, and reinvestment in local services for Forensic (Adult Secure), CAMHS Tier Four, Complex Care (including significant co-morbidities), and Adult Eating Disorders patients.

Working together in partnership with colleagues, service users and other system partners can drive better patient outcomes, value for money and enable reinvestment in south London mental health services.

Four initial south London Perinatal Provider Collaborative workstreams have been established to help tackle some of the key challenges, covering:

  • Community Services
  • Mother and Baby Units (MBU)
  • Workforce
  • Data
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