Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board


This group is no longer active.

The closing meeting of the programme board was held in March 2023. Until future governance structures are put in place the interim Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Advisory Group will support the Perinatal and Early Years Mental Health policy team to sustain this programme of work. The PIMH Advisory Group terms of reference will be published on this webpage.

The 2018 to 2019 Programme for Government commitment to improving perinatal and infant mental health is being overseen and directed by the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board. The group was set up in April 2019.

This group will oversee the implementation of recommendations from the Perinatal Mental Health Managed Clinical Network’s report ‘Delivering Effective Services: Needs assessment and service recommendations for specialist and universal perinatal mental health services’, which was published in 2019.

We will provide three tiers of support across Scotland, in line with the needs of individuals, such as:

  • counselling for around 11,000 women a year who would benefit from this
  • rapid access to psychological assessment and treatment for around 5,500 women in need of more specialist help
  • developing more specialist services, considering the need for a small number of additional inpatient beds or enhanced community provision for around 2,250 women with the most severe illness


  • Hugh Masters (Chair), Scottish Government
  • Roch Cantwell (Vice Chair), Scottish Government
  • Jeff Ace, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Leanne Anderson, Inspiring Scotland
  • Lizzy Archibald, Scottish Government
  • Hannah Axon, COSLA
  • Rach Barlee, Maternal Mental Health Scotland
  • Helen Cheyne, University of Stirling
  • Ruth Christie, Scottish Government
  • Emma Currer, Royal College of Midwives
  • Maria Docherty, NHS24
  • Aman Durrani, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Fiona Fraser, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Rebecca French, Maternal Mental Health Alliance
  • Selena Gleadow-Ware, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Sheila Gordon, CrossReach
  • Catherine Holmes, NHS Highland
  • SallyAnn Kelly, Aberlour
  • Lauren Kennedy, NHS24
  • Jacqueline Kerr, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Jacqueline Lambert, Royal College of Midwives
  • Marion MacAulay, Social Work Scotland
  • Lisa Malcolmson, NHS Grampian
  • Carsten Mandt, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Kat Masterson, Parent and Infant Mental Health Scotland
  • Susan McConachie, NHS Lothian
  • Anne McFadyen, Scottish Government
  • Ross McGuffie, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Clare McGuire, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Eileen McKenna , Royal College of Nursing
  • Marie-Claire Shankland, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Helen Sloan, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Joanne Smith, NSPCC Scotland
  • Judy Thomson, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Harriet Waugh, Scottish Government
  • Carolyn Wilson, Scottish Government

Secretariat is provided by NHS National Services Scotland.


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