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NICE: Antenatal and postnatal mental health quality standard published

19th February 2016

The Antenatal and postnatal mental health quality standard has been published on the NICE website.

The following quality statements are particularly pertinent to health visitors:

  • Statement 4. Women are asked about their emotional wellbeing at each routine antenatal and postnatal contact.
  • Statement 5. Women with a suspected mental health problem in pregnancy or the postnatal period receive a comprehensive mental health assessment.
  • Statement 6. Women referred for psychological interventions in pregnancy or the postnatal period start treatment within 6 weeks of referral.

Dr Cheryll Adams, Director of the iHV said:

“The Institute really welcomes this quality standard, as we are sure our members will.  It can provide a basis for audit to drive up the quality of services.”