Perinatal Training: Risk assessment and management

Course overview

Mental health problems affect one in five in women in the perinatal period requiring effective assessment and management to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes for the mother, her infant and her family.

This course aims to enhance the skills and competencies of practitioners working with pregnant and postnatal women and raises the importance of working systemically.

Developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework, the course will address a range of topics to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to work competently and effectively.

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This training will be led by Juliette Kallaway, a Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner, Mother and Baby Unit Outreach Practitioner and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP).  

This training combines both theory and research with the trainer’s lived experience of severe postnatal illness, embedding participants understanding of risk in the perinatal period further.   

An interactive course, it combines both formal teaching, group work, videos and an opportunity to work through a range of case studies enhancing practitioners' knowledge of risk and discuss practice challenges. This course is powerful, thought-provoking and emotive  with a strong emphasis on mother's and father’s lived experiences in the assessment and management of risk in the perinatal period.  The course will cover the following areas:

Understanding the perinatal context in risk assessment and management through:

  • Appreciation of how difference and stigma can create barriers to care          
  • Detection of risk with women with no previous history of mental disorder          
  • Understanding the aetiology, risks, recurrence and complications for mothers with psychotic and non-psychotic illness, their baby and infants in the perinatal period
  • Managing confidentiality and considerations for safeguarding in the perinatal period
  • Understanding one’s own emotional responses and challenges working across agencies and disciplines
  • Understanding care pathways and the interface with NICE Antenatal & Postnatal Guidance CG142 in the assessment, treatment and management of mental disorders
  • Working systemically - keeping the partner/father and family in mind
  • A psychological perspective in working with women in the perinatal period
  • Considerations for assessments and care planning for women with severe mental disorder, acute onset of severe perinatal illness or rapidly deteriorating mental state
  • Considerations and challenges facing clinicians – interface between Mental Health Act 2007, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and safeguarding
  • Working towards recovery

This course meets the Perinatal Competency framework domains as detailed here

Juliette Kallaway is the Perinatal Practice Lead for the Perinatal Service and Jasmine Lodge Mother and Baby Unit in Devon. Juliette is a Senior Social Worker, Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and has previously worked as a Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner and a Mother and Baby Unit Outreach Practitioner.  

Since qualification as a Social Worker in 2000, she worked with adults and older people in Adult Primary Care Teams, Community Mental Health Teams, and within an Oncology and Palliative Care Team. 

She qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional in 2008 and worked between 2009 and 2013 as a full-time Approved Mental Health Professional in the Central AMHP in Devon. During this time, she delivered training as part of the Approved Clinician Refresher training in the South West. She joined the Perinatal Service in 2013 and have worked in Community Perinatal Mental Health Teams across Devon before moving into a full-time role as a Mother and Baby Unit Outreach Practitioner for Devon & Somerset in 2018.

Between 2010 and 2015 she delivered training on the South West Region Approved Mental Health Professional training programme entitled Perinatal Mental Health and the Mental Health Act. Since 2014, she has been delivering training in perinatal mental health as an independent trainer but also for Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Edge Training & Consultancy and the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust to Approved Mental Health Professionals, mental health professionals, midwives, health visitors and other social care professionals.

I enjoyed being able to learn from someone with lived experience and the opportunity to engage actively with the material using case studies and group discussions. I was never bored!

The course was accessible, inclusive and promoted equality of opportunity for all and to reflect and celebrate the diversity of modern society.

I found it really powerful listening to your own journey and experiences as a service user and AMHP. Really thought provoking and helpful. Thank you so much.

Everybody was included and all questions and opinions were addressed with careful consideration.

All training is currently being delivered online using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.
You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.

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Dates can be also be arranged according to demand and delivered locally to teams and services across the UK.

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Bespoke delivery to teams and services costs in the region of £10,000, dependent on the number of participants and other variables, including tailoring of the programme to your service needs.

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