Reaccreditation success for Devon Partnership NHS Trust's Perinatal Community Service

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 31st January, 2024

Congratulations are in order for Devon Partnership NHS Trust's Perinatal Community Service who have been reaccredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Quality Network (PQN).

Our Perinatal Community Services works across Devon (excluding Plymouth), to support women pre-conceptually, in pregnancy and postnatally where there are emotional wellbeing and/or mental health concerns. The aim is to promote wellbeing for women in the perinatal period and to ultimately improve outcomes for women, their babies and their families in the postnatal period.

Being a part of the network offers members a chance to share best practice at a national level and an opportunity to review other perinatal teams focusing on quality improvement and maintaining high standards of care. The accreditation runs from 18 January 2024 to November 2025.

As part of the process, the service completed a self-review to rate their practices against the PQN standards. Colleagues, patients and partner agencies were also interviewed as part of the accreditation review which was carried out by a visiting team from the PQN, made up of professionals from other organisations and a patient representative.

In the report, reviewers praised the team for the ‘impressive work’ that it does, and said that mothers and partners/family members provided very positive feedback about the service and staff.

It described the approach the service takes around diagnoses of personality disorders as ‘pioneering and fantastic’, noting it’s flexible and person-centred approach to care and adding that the team is ‘motivated, caring, organised and cohesive’.

Amanda Taylor and Suzanne Herbert, Perinatal Service Managers, said: “We are delighted to have been reaccredited to the network and for the feedback we received from the reviewers. The reaccreditation is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams who work tirelessly to support women and families at such a crucial stage of life. A huge thank you also to the women and families who took part in the process.”