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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.

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