The North London Partners (NLP) Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service (SPMHS), is a community based mental health service providing specialist assessment and treatment for women with mental health problems who:
Women seen by this service must live in the five London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
The service consists of core members of the multidisciplinary team including Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Nursery Nurses, Administrators and Peer Support Workers.
Women experiencing milder forms of perinatal mental health problems should consult their midwives, health visitor and GP for other support available in the NHS such as talking therapy.
We see women and their families in one of our clinic locations and in various other locations such as antenatal clinics where women are receiving their obstetric care (if within the five boroughs mentioned above), children centres and home visits.
Our goal is to see new referrals within four to six weeks of receiving the referral. If the referral is deemed urgent we aim to see the woman within two weeks.
The team offers one off assessments, psycho-education and advice, assessment and information about other services. Those women with severe mental health difficulties such as Bipolar Affective Disorder and Schizophrenia may have longer term interventions under our service.
Assessment, advice and treatment may be in collaboration with the woman’s usual psychiatric team where she has one, and alongside the midwifery and obstetric teams.
The service will agree a personalised care plan that embraces what is important to the woman during her pregnancy. We aim to promote wellbeing in the woman and her family and prevent relapse in pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Comprehensive medication advice is available for those with mental illness on psychiatric medications who are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or breast feeding.
We will support mothers in developing a healthy relationship with their infants, thus reducing the impact of maternal mental illness on child development. We also encourage the involvement of fathers or partners in the process.
To improve the health and wellbeing of women who have, or are at risk of mental health problems and improve outcomes for women, their infants, partners and their families. We follow the NICE guidelines on Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health.
We are active with teaching and training other health professionals so that they can have a good working knowledge of how mental health problems affect women in pregnancy and after birth.
The North London Partners (NLP) Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service (SPMHS) accept referrals for women who are planning a pregnancy, pregnant or who gave birth within the last 13 months and;
In making your referral, please consider functional impairment, level of social support, substance use, safeguarding issues and if there is a need for an immediate response. (If the woman’s needs are acute and urgent referral to local crisis services should be considered).
Professional’s Advice line
If you need advice, guidance, or have a query regarding a patient or referral, you can speak to a duty clinician on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's between 11:00am - 12pm by calling the relevant number above, depending on which borough the patient lives in.
The service is split into 3 sub-teams based on the borough where the women lives and continues to be STP aligned covering the North Central London region of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey & Islington.
South Team (Camden and Islington): St Pancras Hospital | NW1 0PE
Team number: 020 3317 7114
East Team (Enfield & Haringey): Forest Road Primary Care Centre | 308A Hertford Road| N9 7HD
Team number: 020 3317 7198
West Team (Barnet): North London Partners |Cedar Place | 890 High Road | N12 9RH
Team Number: 020 3317 7001
(*Exception to this will be if the women reside in a borough outside NCL but has GP in NCL and their local perinatal mental health team defines eligibility by borough of GP rather than address of service user)
Please note this is not an emergency service. If you are in a crisis and you need urgent help, please contact your GP or the out of hours urgent advice and crisis support Barnet, Enfield and Haringey - 0800 151 0023 | Camden and Islington 0800 917 3333.