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HEE and RCOT unite to create new blended training programme

Posted on: November 3rd, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

HEE elfh and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) have worked together to create the first blended training programme for occupational therapists in perinatal mental health.

Occupational therapists play a key role in promoting women’s recovery from perinatal mental health problems, helping them overcome the barriers preventing them from doing the activities that matter to them and their children.

The new blended training programme is being highlighted to coincide with Occupational Therapy Week (2-6 November). It includes an elearning programme of six sessions, hosted on the elearning for healthcare Hub, as well as a virtual face-to-face forum with clinical experts.

The forum is being hosted by RCOT for new and existing members, who will have access to a wide range of learning resources and information.

The elearning sessions have already been launched more than 3,000 times.

Occupational therapists taking part will also have access to networking opportunities and annual study days (virtual during the current COVID-19 pandemic).

Rebecca Burgess-Dawson, Clinical Lead for Mental Health Education and Quality, Health Education England, said: “This innovation enables occupational therapists to embed their practice within the context of specialist perinatal mental healthcare, and further consolidate their expertise within teams.

“Teaching with clinical experts, coupled with sessions remotely and online, means this programme maximises flexibility whilst still creating a learning community.”

More information about the elearning programme can be found here:-

New content added to the Perinatal Mental Health e-Learning programme

Posted on: May 19th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has been working with the Institute of Health Visiting, the National Workforce Skills Development Unit at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, maternity and general practice leads and HEE’s Mental Health team to add new content to the Perinatal Mental Health elearning programme.

The Perinatal Mental Health programme is designed to help educate and develop the workforce’s confidence and competence in caring for people with perinatal mental health problems. The planned updates to the existing elearning programme are particularly timely, aiming to support key health and care colleagues working with pregnant mothers and new parents, during the additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new content covers six sessions to complement the existing elearning programme. Each of the six elearning modules last around 20-30 minutes.

The following sessions are now available:

  • Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health 1
  • Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health 2
  • Perinatal Mental Health in the Antenatal Period
  • Perinatal Mental Health in the Postnatal Period
  • Perinatal Mental Health: Health Visitor Assessment
  • Perinatal Mental Health: Health Visitor Interventions

For more information about the Perinatal Mental Health programme, including details of how to access, please visit:

Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework

Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England (HEE) has worked with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to develop a skills based competency framework for all staff working to support mothers and families across the perinatal care pathway, from preconception to postnatal care.

The framework is designed to increase awareness of perinatal mental health disorders and associated care skills while supporting advanced and specialist practice. Competencies are the skills, knowledge and behaviours that deliver high quality care and enable the continuous improvement of services. The framework has been developed to standardise competencies for perinatal mental health practice across England, thus helping to ensure the workforce is confident and suitably skilled to identify need and deliver care to women who have mental health problems during the perinatal period. This will thereby increase access to appropriate evidence-based specialist treatment.

This framework lists several competencies over separate domains and is divided into categories for different types of healthcare worker; including those who have limited or infrequent contact as well as those who work in specialist perinatal services. Over time, this competency framework may be used for recruitment, training and development, and discussions about career progression.

For more information about the framework, including access details visit:

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