Perinatal CPD courses

Our training programme has at its core a desire to ensure that women meet professionals across the whole perinatal mental health care pathway who have the skills, competencies and expertise to identify, refer, assess, treat and manage their conditions as effectively as possible. Our perinatal continuing professional development courses will help you to develop your skills, knowledge and abilities in these areas.

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These Perinatal CPD courses were developed in collaboration with the London Perinatal Mental Health Network. In addition to accessing Tavistock expertise, the delivery of the training courses draws on contemporary specialist Perinatal Mental practitioners working as Visiting Lecturers in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS FT.

Building on our tradition, expertise and reputation in a number of domains, including infant mental health, the Tavistock has a leading role to play in addressing some of the workforce challenges in relation to training and practice development that underpins delivery of the ambitions of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan.

In response to the key objectives of the Mental Health Five Year Forward View there has been increased access to specialist perinatal mental health support resulting in a continuing expansion of the workforce, and the need to provide training for practitioners both within these specialist services, and all the other services who support women and their families during the perinatal period.

Our training has been designed to:

  • upskill the specialist perinatal mental health workforce
  • support the expansion of perinatal mental health community and inpatient services
  • support ongoing work to standardise competencies in perinatal mental health practice 
  • promote the development of professional skills
  • reduce variation in service delivery 
  • enhance the provision of perinatal mental healthcare
  • improve recruitment and retention of the perinatal mental health workforce.

The courses have been running since 2017 both in London, and across the country and have received consistently positive feedback from attendees.

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Bespoke training

We are able to tailor our training to your individual needs and deliver bespoke training within your local areas. This could either be for a Team or for a Region, so can be for variable numbers of participants.

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"It was a fantastic two days which covered so many important areas to support all the practitioners who attended in their understanding of perinatal mental health and gave opportunities and the time for questions to be asked to deepen their learning. I’ve received excellent feedback from those staff I have spoken to today and I know that lots of the course material will continue resonating many weeks after for all of us."

Helen Anfield, Early Help Service, London Borough of Havering, July 2019 

Our Courses

Please see below for details of the courses we currently offer, starting with our introductory mini and short courses delivered through our Digital Academy, through to more in-depth training for practitioners.

We are currently developing new training and details will be made available here in due course.

Please contact us at if you are interested in commissioning any of the training below or have any queries.  

Digital Academy Mini Course: A Brief Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health

This course provides a brief introduction to perinatal mental health, with a focus on some specific perinatal mental disorders, and an overview of the potential risks associated with perinatal mental illness. Developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework, the course builds knowledge and understanding, in order to enhance the care given to women, their infants and their families throughout the perinatal period.

Digital Academy Short Course: Introduction to Perinatal Mental Illness, Risk, Care and Treatment

This 20 hour course will give you an accessible introduction to various types of perinatal mental illness and the significant effect these can have on women, their infants, partners and families. You will learn about a range of factors that can contribute to mental health problems in pregnancy and after birth, as well as the risks that can be associated with perinatal mental illness.

Perinatal Training for Community and Inpatient Perinatal Mental Health Practitioners

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Perinatal Training: Risk assessment and management

Mental health problems affect one in five in women in the perinatal period requiring effective assessment and management to reduce the risk of...

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What previous attendees have said: 

Very informative, [it] offered new insights for me as a health visitor. Lovely locations and refreshments. I felt enthused and also valued as a professional.”

"Brilliant course. Informative, thought-provoking and emotive."

"Excellent. Wide range of subjects, highly relevant to the different professions/ disciplines present...thought-provoking as well as informative, have learned a lot. [I] wish I had this training years ago."

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