15 March 2021
The Trust's Newham Perinatal Mental Health Team has been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ Value Awards 2021.
This highly regarded award ceremony takes place every year and celebrates projects and teams driving operational, financial, and clinical improvements across the health system nationally.
The judging panel is comprised of recognised leaders in the field of healthcare both nationally and internationally.
The team won the judges over with their entry for the category, best in 'Mental Health Service Redesign Initiative' for the work they have done to make the Newham Perinatal Mental Health Intensive Care Pathway a success.
The project was set up in order to improve the experience of pregnant and post-natal women.
Crucially, when surveyed, mums said that when initially making contact with mental health services they wanted direct access to experts in perinatal care rather than generic, nonspecialist mental health teams.
So the Newham-based team worked to ensure that all urgent new referrals would have access to an immediate same-day assessment without having to attend A&E.
They also wanted to ensure that existing patients in crisis would stay within the perinatal team and receive intensive community support from the same staff they already knew and trusted, without transferring out to non-specialists. 
Commenting about the work the team has done to improve the experience of people using the service, Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Charlie Musters said:
"I'm proud of the team and the hard work everyone has contributed to make this project a success.
"Patient care has been transformed.
"We have been able to deliver intensive care to a much greater number of patients and feedback has been excellent.
"It is a very low-cost intervention, reduces demand on other services and ensures that perinatal patients receive the urgent and specialist care they need."
Commenting on the team being recognised, Trustwide Lead for Perinatal Mental Health, Justine Cawley said:
"I'm very proud to work alongside such a dynamic and dedicated team who have worked so hard on this project to produce better outcomes for our mums. 
"Well done to everyone involved."
The Newham Perinatal Mental Health Team will present their project in detail to the judges in April.
The award ceremony is set to take place in June. 
Full details of the full shortlist is available here: https://value.hsj.co.uk/