Clinical Director announced for regional perinatal mental health network

Dr Gopi Narayan has been appointed as the Clinical Director for the Yorkshire and Humber Perinatal Mental Health Provider Collaborative.

Dr Gopi Narayan profile pictureDr Narayan (pictured) is currently the clinical lead for Perinatal Services at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and will take on the additional responsibility for the Provider Collaborative alongside his substantive role at LYPFT.

As Clinical Director, Dr Narayan will drive forward the Yorkshire and Humber Perinatal Mental Health Provider Collaborative. It aims to develop robust and integrated pathways of care which allow timely access to specialist perinatal mental health care and inpatient provision when required.

The Provider Collaborative covers three Integrated Care System areas: West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Humber and North Yorkshire.

Dr Chris Hosker is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Yorkshire and Humber Perinatal Mental Health Provider Collaborative. Dr Hosker said: “I’m delighted we’ll soon be working alongside Gopi in his newly appointed to role as Clinical Director for the region. He brings years of specialist experience into this hugely important area which is really going to help us tackle the complex challenges as we work towards a go-live date in April 2024.

“Our collective vision is to ensure every mother, and her family and carers, receives timely person and family centred care, in the safest place for them and their baby, in services that focus on reducing health inequalities across the region.

“This leadership role will be critical to achieving our ambition, working in collaboration with all perinatal mental health services, building on relationships with maternity services and strengthening connections with voluntary and community services.”

Dr Gopi Narayan added: “I’m excited at this new and challenging role to work collaboratively with all stakeholders across the Yorkshire and Humber footprint – improving the care for our perinatal population. The year ahead also will see an additional six beds added to the existing regional mother and baby unit in Leeds to help meet demand within the region.”


More about Dr Gopi Narayan

Dr Narayan joined LYPFT in 2004 and set up their perinatal mental health service.

In 2021 he was appointed as the Clinical Director for Perinatal, Liaison Psychiatry, Forensics and Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services.

He also holds various positions and responsibilities locally, regionally and nationally in relation to perinatal mental health including membership of the national Perinatal Clinical reference group.