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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10025: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 28 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how the managed clinical network for perinatal mental health will help it implement recommendation 38 of the report, The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland, which states that it should ensure that the forthcoming mental health strategy makes appropriate connections with the new model for neonatal care, and whether the network will (a) include input from a neonatal clinician at board level and (b) review the psychological support available to parents whose baby requires neonatal care.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 19 July 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring equitable, coordinated access to mental health provision for families throughout pregnancy and during the postnatal period including those whose babies require a stay in neonatal care. We will continue to work with NHS boards to ensure that families receive the support they need.

A Programme board, Chaired by Jane Grant, has been established and are currently considering approaches to implementing the recommendations within The Best Start.

Work to establish the managed clinical network on perinatal metal health has already started, with a Lead Clinician now appointed. The Perinatal MCN will be appointing clinical expertise from infant mental health perspective. We are looking forward to the Network becoming operational over the course of this year.