Meet the team

Our professional team work together to provide care and treatment that is appropriate for you. The team includes experienced perinatal mental health practitioners (mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers), perinatal clinical psychologists, consultant perinatal psychiatrists and specialist/public health midwives. We also regularly have students on training placements

Dr Jo Black

Dr Jo Black is our Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and is also Associate National Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health for NHS England.

Jo was pivotal in developing our community perinatal mental health service and is passionate about improving perinatal mental health care. She works together with mums, dads and their families to ensure their voices are heard in shaping future service developments.

Jo is also playing a key role in the implementation of the new specialist Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) - Jasminde Lodge which opens in Exeter in 2019. The new unit means that we can provide the support and treatment that mums need, in a good, accessible central location, and that they can continue to receive their mental health care, whilst not being separated from their babies.  This is a huge step forward for everyone involved in perinatal mental health in the South West.

Follow Jo on twitter @Black2Jo

Clare McAdam

Clare McAdam is our Perinatal Service Manager and is also a representative for the South region NHS England Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Reference Group, representing perinatal mental health at a national level.

Clare has worked in the perinatal service since its infancy and has developed and championed the service over the preceding years with her usual energy, enthusiasm and passion.

She is now leading the expansion of our community perinatal services, as well as working alongside Jo in the development of the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU).

Follow Clare on twitter @McAdamClare

Follow the team on twitter @DPT_Perinatal