Watch colleagues who make up our groundbreaking Buckinghamshire Perinatal Mental Health Service learn they have been named regional South East winner of the NHS Parliamentary Awards Excellence in Mental Health Care — and are shortlisted for the national NHS Parliamentary Awards.

Buckinghamshire Perinatal Mental Health Service works closely with other professionals, developing a treatment plan tailored to and in partnership with patients. The aim is to provide the right care to help them recover, encouraging family involvement and strengthening their bond with their child. Care is provided across Buckinghamshire to women in their own homes wherever possible, enabling them to maintain their roles as mothers while their mental illness is safely treated. The team  includes consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, pharmacist, mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapist, nursery nurses and a support worker.

It is a specialist service providing assessment and treatment of women with complex and severe mental health problems during and after pregnancy. It launched in May 2019 and brings together Oxford Health and Buckinghamshire Mind professionals to provide wrap around care and support for mothers and their babies.

When patients were asked about their experience with the service in July all agreed or strongly agreed that staff gave them the right amount of support and care, staff listened to them and understood their problems and staff helped them understand their illness.  And 97 per cent said staff helped them be more confident caring for their baby.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards asked MPs across the country to find and nominate individuals and teams they thought had made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across 10 categories.

Read more:  One mum shares her experience of life-changing care and support from Buckinghamshire Perinatal Mental Health Service.