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Perinatal Mental Health

Duration One a day (6 hours online session)
Fees £93
Session LeaderLaura Foley, Adrian Jugdoyal
Date Contact NHS study day Team for more information


Aims: This session aims to upskill the mental health workforce to support women with perinatal mental health problems. We will also explore issues using complex case scenarios focussing on safeguarding issues: such as Domestic violence and substance misuse in the prenatal period. It will be of interest to mental health and social care professionals working in inpatient and community settings.

Course content

This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to develop their awareness of the causes, diagnosis, clinical presentation, assessment, and management of mental illness.

A fundamental objective of the Mental Health Five Year Forward Plan is that by 2020/21, there will be improved access to specialist perinatal mental health provision in England. This strategy is in direct result of evidenced difference and disparity in the provision and access to expert perinatal mental health services across the country.

This workshop will equip mental health professionals with the basic skills, knowledge, and confidence to work with women who have perinatal mental health problems.

Topics to be covered

  • Background and context of perinatal context
  • Recognition and detection of perinatal mental illness
  • The role of the health worker
  • Understanding the human impact - Keeping the partner/father and family in mind
  • National and local policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Stigma and Fear
  • Alcohol and drugs in pregnancy
  • Safeguarding
  • Assessing and managing risk
  • Multi agency working
  • and others
  • Learning and teaching

    Study mode: Synchronous online delivery via virtual classroom using one of the following web-based learning and teaching platforms (e.g. MS teams, Kaltura new row, Adobe connect, Zoom).  The content on the day will be delivered via a mixture of PowerPoint presentation, small group exercise and discussion, group feedback and recap/quiz.

    Fees and funding

    There are several funding options available:

    • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
    • paying your own fees
    • sponsorship   by your employer

    For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

    How to apply

    To apply for this course, please email our NHS study days team.

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