Perinatal Competency Framework update, May 2017

3 May 2017

Thank you to those who completed the Framework online survey and provided feedback.  

Earlier this year, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust worked in partnership with Health Education England (HEE) to develop a "competency framework" for perinatal mental health care skills to support all professionals working with mothers and families, from preconception until 1 year postnatal.

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The framework was 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 the skills required and helping care teams to assess their training needs.

The Framework was tested with practitioners, by reviewing the content and understanding how it could be used to support training and development in everyday practice. Feedback was provided and we are now in the process of developing the framework further as an online resource to support delivery of excellent perinatal mental health care.

Four regional pilot sites were selected to cover the variety of perinatal mental health and multi-disciplinary services caring for mothers and families, and represent different parts of the country in Birmingham, Devon, Kent and the North West Coast.

Professionals in these regions were invited to sign up to review the framework through an online survey that presented the framework to test and a short feedback questionnaire.

442 professionals requested access to the online survey and 137 consequently completed the Pilot Competency Framework resulting in a 31% response rate. The online survey allowed for the collation of both quantitative data and qualitative feedback from the 137 respondents.

We are in the process of developing an online tool that allows professionals to access the competencies in the framework that are only relevant to their role. This tool will be made available to those who participated initially for further feedback and development. 

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will continue to work with HEE in 2017/18 on the next stages of the programme, developing a process to map current Perinatal Mental Health Courses against the Competency Framework and identify gaps in current training provision.


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