Lambeth Perinatal Mental Health Research

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Summary of report content

An in-depth qualitative research study conducted between September 2018 and May 2019 that explored the experience of 18 mothers from Lambeth with mild to moderate mental health problems at perinatal stage. The views of 12 health and social care professionals on their confidence to support mothers and their knowledge on the relevant services mothers can access were also sought. The perinatal stage spans from pregnancy into the first year after birth.

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General details

Report title 
Lambeth Perinatal Mental Health Research
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Lambeth
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 15 July, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 1 September, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 30 May, 2019
Type of report 
Patient experience
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Yes. Healthwatch England gave a small funding.
Primary research method used 
Unstructured Interview
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Health visitor
Secondary care services 
Psychiatry/mental health (hospital services)
Mental health services 
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Social care services 
Children services

Details about conditions and diseases

What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 
New mothers

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Not applicable
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not applicable

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.