Perinatal mental health value scorecard evaluation
Research Project Team
- Dr Jessica Deighton,
- Dr Julian Edbrooke-Childs
- Dr Helen Gleeson
- Ms. Makeda Gerressu
The perinatal mental health value scorecard is being piloted with health visitors across four NHS Trusts to help to improve mental health services for women from pregnancy up to a year after birth.
It is hoped that the scorecard will lead to better use of recommended guidelines (e.g. NICE) and measures and a more timely response to mental health difficulties in service users. Each Trust will identify areas that are in need of improvement and set up a small group of quality improvement health visitors to address these areas on a month to month basis.
The aims of the evaluation will be;
- To assess whether best practice guidelines are being used to address mental health difficulties in perinatal women
- To measure the effectiveness of the scorecard in improving practice
- To assess the main challenges and facilitators of implementing the scorecard
This study will use a realistic evaluation approach which attempts to discover ‘what works – for whom- under what circumstances’. Data will be drawn from a range of sources including; routine clinical data; interviews with service users and staff; observations of quality improvement meetings and; questionnaires from staff and service users.