Perinatal mental health
Support the delivery of care to women experiencing mental health difficulties during pregnancy and following a child's birth
The Secretary of State for Health announced in November 2015 the Government’s ambition to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 20% by 2020 and by 50% by 2030.
Studies done have shown that between 10 and 20% of women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby and is a leading causes of death for mothers during pregnancy and the year after birth. These conditions e.g. postnatal depression, often develop suddenly and range from mild to extremely severe.
Working with stakeholders we’ve designed five perinatal mental health eLearning modules. The modules have been designed specifically for healthcare professionals who have contact with a mother or baby from the period prior to conception until the child is one year of age.
Developing a competency framework for Perinatal Mental Health
We have been working in partnership with Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to develop a perinatal mental health care skills competency framework to support all professionals who work with mothers and families, from preconception until one year postnatal.
The framework has been developed by an expert writing team and Perinatal Mental Health Steering Group and aims to build perinatal mental health capability in the workforce by identifying required skills and helping care teams assess their training needs.
We are now testing the framework with healthcare practitioners and asked healthcare professionals review the framework through an online survey.
The survey has now closed, and we thank everyone who contributed. A report on all feedback will be available soon, but in the meantime, please feel free to e-mail us at PMHframework@hee.nhs.uk.
For more information see Q&As in the related documents section below.