This evaluation took a deep dive into women and staff experiences of setting up, delivering and engaging with a new NHS England service designed to support women who have experienced mental health challenges in the maternity period – specifically challenges related to loss, birth trauma, tokophobia and removal of babies for safeguarding reasons.
It is a process evaluation, with early – indicative – findings on impact, designed to identify what is working well and what could work even better for women and staff.
The evaluation is now complete.
Evaluation of new, pilot services is crucial to ensuring that service provision is meeting the needs of the people intended to benefit from the service, and to ensuring the sustainability of services.
McPin was the research/evaluation partner commissioned by Transformation Partners in Healthcare.
The researchers working on the project had lived experience of loss and birth trauma, and worked in collaboration with peer support workers at Transformation Partners, whose relevant lived experiences also informed the various stages of evaluation.
Read the full evaluation report below.
For more information on the project, please email [email protected].
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