Three North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been successful in securing funding for perinatal mental health as part of a £23 million national scheme announced by NHS England on 8 May. This money will enable enhanced specialist community mental health services for new and expectant mums within North Yorkshire.
Speaking of behalf of the health service commissioners in North Yorkshire, NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG's clinical lead for mental health, Dr Peter Billingsley, said:
“Having good mental health begins before you are born.
“It is vital that expectant mums have the best access to mental health services throughout their pregnancy and in the first few months after giving birth.
“This increase in perinatal funding will help NHS staff to deliver more services to mums and their babies and improve the long term outlook for mental health in our community”
Amanda Bloor, Chief Officer of NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG as the lead commissioner for the three North Yorkshire CCGs said:
“We are delighted that this funding has been awarded. We know that we need to improve community mental health services available for new and expectant mums across North Yorkshire.
“With the funding announced today we will be better able to deliver accessible, high quality, specialist mental health services in the right place and at the right time for women and families, as well as improve opportunities for early intervention and support.
“This dedicated funding will enable us to enhance specialist care available and to better meet the needs of our local population.”