Specialist Perinatal Service
appoints new manager!
THE Lancashire Care NHS Foundation
Trust has successfully recruited a Perinatal Service Manager who will lead the
new team at the new, specialist inpatient unit in Chorley.
Earlier this year, NHS England selected the Trust as a preferred provider to run
1 of the 4, new 8 bed mother and baby units (MBU) in the country. The unit is an
inpatient facility for mothers with serious mental health problems during the
perinatal period. The new MBU means that the Trust can provide the support and
treatment that women need whilst continuing to be with their babies.
Last month, the Trust successfully appointed the Perinatal Service Manager who
will begin post in February. Philip Hayes, Perinatal Service Manager at
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said of the appointment:- "I am so
excited about the new facility. It's amazing that our Trust has been given the
mandate to build this specialist unit and I'm proud to be part of the new
project. Thankfully perinatal mental health has finally been given the publicity
and governmental support it has needed for many years. Mothers will be able to
receive the care they need nearer to home whilst making partners and families
lives easier too with reduced travel time. There is a structured training and
recruitment plan to ensure that when the unit opens we are able to offer the
best support and care for mother and their babies. I live in the Chorley area
and there is already a buzz of excitement building as the project gains momentum
and staff I come into contact are asking questions about this specialist branch
of mental health care!"
The Trust plans to open the unit in July 2018 and will be recruiting a for a
number of posts in the New Year including; Band 6 registered mental health
nurses (RMNs), staff nurses, nursery nurses, a psychologist and occupational
therapist. Later in the year the Trust will also be recruiting a number of
health care support staff.
The unit is a huge step forward for everyone involved in
Prenatal Mental Health across Cumbria and
Lancashire. The Trust is also looking for people to be involved in the planning
of the new unit and has set up a closed Facebook group for people to share
experiences and have discussions about the plans for the unit. If you would like
to join the group, please email your details to:-
The Trust have also launched its 5 Year Plan
which contains 6 key elements, that together, support the organisation to
achieve its overall vision of providing high quality care in the right place, at
the right time, every time. You can read more about this by visiting:-