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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16030: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when a nationally coordinated systematic approach by all NHS boards to develop local specialist perinatal mental health services will be established.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 27 April 2018

A nationally co-ordinated systematic approach has been set up with the funding of a national managed clinical network (MCN) on perinatal mental health, which is the first MCN covering mental health in Scotland.

The initial aims of the network will be to ensure equitable, coordinated access to mental health provision for pregnant and postnatal women. It will seek to understand current provision and promote improvements in local services. These improvements include access and options for families, professional expertise and effective service delivery. Beyond this, it will seek to contribute to improved early years health and development for infants as part of a broader Scottish Government intention for improved early intervention.

The MCN will be making fuller recommendations before the end of this year on what services should be available in all board areas to meet the needs of women and their families.