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Exploring the Impact of the Kirkby Perinatal Mental Health Social Prescribing Pathway

Harrison, R, Smith, C, McCoy, E, Hellewell, F and Timpson, H (2023) Exploring the Impact of the Kirkby Perinatal Mental Health Social Prescribing Pathway. Technical Report. Public Health Institute.

Kirkby PCN and One Knowsley Perinatal Mental Health Social Prescribing Pathway - Evaluation Report - FINAL - SEPTEMBER 2023.pdf - Published Version

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Knowsley is the second most deprived borough in England and Kirkby is the most deprived of the four locality areas within Knowsley, with over one third of its residents being income deprived. Knowsley has higher than average (when compared to England) levels of: children in relative low-income families; rates of conception in under 18s; and emergency hospital admission for intentional self harm. There are also high numbers of: one parent families, free school meal uptake, and severe mental health problems. Anecdotal evidence suggests that during the COVID-19 pandemic and with the current cost of living crisis this position will have worsened for many. Over the past five years, birth rates have grown slightly in Knowsley, with mortality rates remaining stable. In Knowsley, women tend to have children younger than national or regional fertility rates. Mental health, wellbeing and social isolation are priority areas in the Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

In 2022, Kirkby Primary Care Network (PCN) and One Knowsley developed a Perinatal Mental Health Social Prescribing Pathway (PMHSPP). This includes a bespoke social prescribing response to the mental health needs of expectant mothers already disadvantaged because of health inequalities and ii social deprivation. This response includes a referral to the pathway of care starting at the beginning of pregnancy either at booking or primary care contact. The first engagement takes place with the social prescribing service and isled by a specialist perinatal mental health social prescribing link worker (PMHSPLW). The pathway initiates a journey of care and support for those including young Mums to be (and their families), who are amongst the most disadvantaged members of the community in Knowsley. The Public Health Institute (PHI), Faculty of Health, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) were commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the Kirkby Perinatal Mental Health Social Prescribing Project. The aim of this evaluation was to explore experiences of pathways, process and activities associated with the delivery of the Perinatal Mental Health Project.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: perinatal mental health; social prescribing; social value
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Public Health Institute
Publisher: Public Health Institute
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2024 09:38
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2024 09:38
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22248
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