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MHSDS - Improving perinatal mental health MHSDS data quality webinar

Perinatal mental health (PMH) problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 27% of new and expectant mums and covers a wide range of conditions.

If left untreated, mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman, the child, and the wider family. Specialist PMH services provide care and treatment for women with complex mental health needs and support the developing relationship between parent and baby. They also offer women with mental health needs advice for planning a pregnancy.

The NHS Long Term Plan builds on the commitments outlined in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health to transform specialist PMH services across England. We aim to ensure that by 2023/24, at least 66,000 women with moderate/complex to severe PMH difficulties can access care and support in the community.

This webinar will go through how providers can collect and accurately submit high quality specialist perinatal mental health data.  We will discuss common challenges, and share tips, case studies and resources to support specialist PMH teams and Maternal Mental Health Services and ensure that published data reflects the efforts of services to meet the Long Term Plan ambitions.

Target audience

  • colleagues responsible for submitting data to the MHSDS  
  • clinicians, service managers and commissioners working at local level  
  • regional data quality and PMH leads 


To ensure this webinar is beneficial to you, please send any questions via email to [email protected] with the subject Perinatal MH MHSDS-DQ' by Tuesday 10 January.

Video recording of webinar