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Psychiatrists urge NHS England to improve data on antenatal mental health screening

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 04 May 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1015
  1. Emma Wilkinson
  1. Sheffield

Many NHS trusts are failing to provide information on whether they are carrying out recommended mental health screening at early antenatal checks.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) said that their analysis of datasets published by NHS England show one in six trusts is still not reporting whether they are doing the recommended mental health checks at the 10 week antenatal booking appointment.

It means that more than eight years after routine screening was first recommended, it …

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