This guidance document is for health care professionals involved in Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services, specifically how best to effectively capture access data and to implement improved perinatal pathways.
It is common for pregnant women and new mothers and partners to experience anxiety, depression or emotional distress about the new change in their lives. Many perinatal women and their partners in need of low-intensity psychological intervention across the country are seen by IAPT services to address emotional difficulties during pregnancy and in the first year after their baby’s birth.
Supporting IAPT practitioners
The London Perinatal Clinical Network undertook a scoping project exploring perinatal provision within London IAPT services. Focus groups and workshops were held with IAPT services and various other partners over a six month period. The purpose of the project was to gain a thorough understanding of what is currently offered for perinatal women in IAPT services, including the current pathways, and how data is captured.
As a result of the information gathered within the data collection and focus groups, this guidance document has been written to support IAPT practitioners in screening women and their partners in the antenatal and postnatal periods.
This document includes best practice guidance on:
- How to effectively capture access data.
- How to implement improved perinatal pathways within IAPT services.
- Implementing these processes in conjunction with standard clinical practice.
In: Best practice