Clare McAdam, Devon – Joint Lead for Perinatal MH Special Interest Group
I have been a qualified mental health nurse for over 30 years, throughout that time working with women & families has always been a focus in my career & gave me opportunity to utilise my Nursery Nurse knowledge as well. In the last 8 years I have worked in the Devon Partnership Trust Community Perinatal Service with Dr Jo Black Perinatal Psychiatrist. We set up the first Perinatal Team in Devon with Liz Collins Specialist Midwife at the Royal Devon & Exeter Maternity Unit, 8 years later we have four Community Perinatal Teams, one linking in with each Maternity Department in Devon which operationally I have led on. Working with Midwives, Health Visitors & Mum’s & families has been a fantastic opportunity to learn together & from each other.
I also work with the NHS England Mother & Baby Unit Clinical Reference Group, we are reviewing standards for all MBU’s in England. Over the last few years I have regularly guest lectured at Plymouth University on Perinatal Mental Health with student Midwives & Mental Health Nurses, this October I will be co-leading on Plymouth University’s first Masters/Degree module on Perinatal Mental Health. Our next challenge in Devon Partnership Trust is opening a Mother & Baby Unit to meet the needs of women in Devon, Cornwall & Somerset – another exciting project for Mum’s & families to benefit from.