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Dr Jennifer Cooke

General psychiatry

 

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Specialities:

Mental health problems in the perinatal period: Pre-conception, pregnancy and postnatal.
Menopause related mental health problems
Women's mental health

Areas of Expertise:

Maternal Mental Health
Mental Health Problems associated with Pregnancy Complications
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Birth Trauma)
Antenatal or postnatal depression
Postpartum psychosis
Women who are currently well but who have had a previous severe mental illness and who want to make a plan to stay as well as possible in pregnancy and after birth.

Women's Mental Health
Menopause Related Mental Health Difficulties
Work Related Stress and Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bipolar Affective Disorder
Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder


About
Dr Jenny Cooke qualified in 2000 and after postgraduate psychiatric training in Sussex and London, has been practicing as a consultant psychiatrist working in the NHS in Brighton and Sussex since 2012. Dr Cooke has specialised in treating mental health problems in women for the last 9 years.
She has worked as the consultant psychiatrist on a specialist female mental health unit in Brighton and Hove honing her skills and expertise in treating women with a broad range of mental health conditions.
Alongside this she developed the first NHS specialist perinatal mental health clinic in Sussex in 2011 and since then has lead development of the Sussex and East Surrey Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service as part of her work as clinical lead for Perinatal Mental Health for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Cooke leads perinatal mental health training programs for other professionals groups including midwives, health visitors, GPs and obstetricians who are involved in providing care for women in the perinatal period.
Dr Cooke is passionate about providing tailored and personalised care and treatment plans for women
Dr Cooke has a wealth of experience treating a broad range of problems. These include anxiety, panic attacks, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and postpartum psychosis. She is able to provide specialist advice around using medications for mental health problems in pregnancy and breastfeeding and to liaise with other professionals involved in maternity care such as midwives, health visitors, GPs. She has strong links with local obstetricians and gynaecologists and can make referrals and collaborate on care plans as appropriate.
She works closely with professionals with specialist expertise in providing talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Her expertise and knowledge of the maternity system means that her treatment plans are holistic and individualised.

General Information
Dr Jenny Cooke works as a consultant perinatal psychiatrist and clinical lead for Sussex Partnership Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service. She has previously worked as consultant psychiatrist at an NHS inpatient women's mental health unit in Brighton and Hove.
She is the Clinical Lead for the NHS England Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network
She is heavily involved with education and training in perinatal mental health for junior doctors working in psychiatry, obstetrics and general practice. As well as having a training role with the Royal College of Psychiatrists she is course faculty lead for the Sussex Perinatal Mental Health Simulation Training course. Funded by Health Education England this course allows health professionals from many different groups working with mothers and babies e.g. midwives, health visitors, GPs, maternity healthcare assistants and social workers, to receive high quality training on recognition and treatment of perinatal mental health problems.
In 2019 Dr Cooke was asked to speak to an international audience at the World Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the EXCEL in London on perinatal mental health service development

Areas of interest

Maternal Mental Health;
Mental Health Problems associated with Pregnancy Complications
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Birth Trauma)
Antenatal or postnatal depression
Postpartum psychosis
Women who are currently well but who have had a previous severe mental illness and who want to make a plan to stay as well as possible in pregnancy and after birth.

Women's Mental Health:
Menopause Related Mental Health Difficulties
Work Related Stress and Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bipolar Affective Disorder
Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder

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