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Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest


The Chair welcomed Members. There were no apologies.

(09.30 - 11.00)


Inquiry into Perinatal Mental Health - Evidence session 11

Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport

Joanna Jordan, Director of Mental Health - NHS Governance & Corporate Services

Karen Jewell, Nursing Officer for Maternity and Early Years


Supporting documents:


The Committee heard evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport. The Cabinet Secretary agreed to provide a note on the following:


·         Timescales on when a full Health Board data picture will be available which includes the number of women who have been referred and seen a psychologist and those referred but are unable to access one.

·         An update on the availability of access to face to face talking treatment.

·         A note on the evidence given by the British Psychological Society that, due to the absence of a consultant perinatal psychologist in Wales, supervision outside Wales is having to be sought by those delivering perinatal psychology services in Wales.  

·         An update following the joint Committee meeting on 25 July to discuss the review of demand tier 4 services.

·         A note on any research available on the impact of being unable to breastfeed, and whether this can be a trigger for postnatal depression, and what steps are being taken by frontline staff to support breastfeeding mothers.




Paper(s) to note


The papers were noted.


Note on the All Wales Perinatal Mental Health Steering Group

Supporting documents:


Letter from the Chair to the Cabinet Secretary for and Economy and Infrastructure - Learner Travel in Wales

Supporting documents:



Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for remainder of the meeting.

(11.00 - 11.30)


Inquiry into Perinatal Mental Health - Discussion of evidence


The Committee discussed the evidence they had received throughout the inquiry. A draft report would be considered at the start of the autumn term.