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Perinatal Mental Health programme updated with inclusive language

Posted on: January 10th, 2024 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The Perinatal Mental Health elearning programme has been updated with more inclusive language and imagery for learners.

The four updated sessions now reference birthing partners and chest feeding plus gender neutral images feature on the programme homepage.

Developed in partnership between NHS England and elearning for healthcare, the programme supports the workforce to better care for people with perinatal mental health issues.

Since it launched in February 2016 the training has been accessed by more than 18,000 learners including midwives, school nurses and health visitors.

Feedback for the programme has been positive:

Excellent module which has enhanced my learning and will change my practice. Thanks.” Physician

The programme and materials are excellent. I am really enjoying working through them and value having this opportunity. Thank you.” Occupational Therapist

For more information and to access the updated sessions, please visit the Perinatal Mental Health programme page.

GP podcasts support women with perinatal mental health illness

Posted on: June 20th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

An engaging podcast series to enhance healthcare professionals’ understanding of perinatal mental health is now available to listen to on NHS England’s Learning Hub.

The GP Spotlight programme, piloted by the Wessex Clinical Network, supports best care for women (and families) affected by perinatal mental health (PMH) illness in primary care services and facilitates timely access to high quality care from specialist perinatal mental health services.

The 11 podcasts, led by ‘GP champion’ Dr Laura Davies and PMH psychiatrist Dr Laurie Windsor, cover a range of topics including postpartum psychosis, birth trauma, eating disorders and perinatal depression.

They aim to:

  • improve understanding of perinatal mental health conditions, pathways, and working relationships
  • improve referral and management of women with perinatal mental illness
  • strengthen relationships between health professionals across the pathway

The podcasts are around 10 minutes long, making them accessible and cost effective for all healthcare professionals including GPs, mental health practitioners, midwives, community nurses and health visitors.

Each podcast provides key information to arm the learner with awareness and tools so they can guide women struggling with PMH illness to the most appropriate care.

For more information and to access the podcasts, please visit the GP Spotlight Podcasts catalogue on the Learning Hub.

Perinatal Mental Health programme features new resources

Posted on: May 24th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The Perinatal Mental Health elearning programme has now expanded to include 2 new sessions for parent-infant practitioners and colleagues in specialist perinatal mental health services.

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health created in partnership with NHS England, Parent-Infant Foundation and key partners, is designed to enhance awareness about perinatal mental health for parent-infant practitioners working in settings supporting women during pregnancy and up to 24 months after birth, including maternity services, primary care, charities, and community groups.

The session will help to ensure the wider health and care workforce has access to the right knowledge and skills in perinatal mental healthcare enabling them to deliver quality care, support and treatment for mum, baby and family members, wherever they are.

Routine Outcome Measurement in Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services offers tools, tips and information to help in implementing routine outcome measurement (ROM) in SPMHS and maternity settings.

The session, which has been co-developed by NHS England, will benefit practitioners across SPMHS and maternity services by helping them to incorporate the outcome measures into conversations with patients.

The 2 new sessions complement 3 existing elearning courses which focus on perinatal health for health visitors, occupational therapists and the competency framework.

For more information and to access the new and existing sessions, please visit the Perinatal Mental Health programme page.

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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