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, asses, 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.

One of the key objectives of the Mental Health Five Year Forward View is that by 2020/21  there will be increased access to specialist perinatal mental health support in all areas in England, in the community and inpatient mother and baby units (MBUs), allowing an additional 30,000 women each year to receive evidence-based treatment, closer to home, when they need it. This has resulted in a rapid 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
  • upskill services who provide out of hours emergency care to women with serious perinatal mental illness
  • 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.

If you have any queries, please contact perinataltraining@tavi-port.nhs.uk



Bespoke training


In addition to running our courses in London, we are also able to tailor the 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.

If you would be interested in bespoke training contact perinataltraining@tavi-port.nhs.uk.


"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. 

London dates can be arranged according to demand and all courses can also be delivered locally to teams and services across the UK.

Please contact us at perinataltraining@tavi-port.nhs.uk if you are interested in commissioning places.


Course 1: Perinatal Training for Community and Inpatient Perinatal Mental Health Team Managers Leaders

This 3-day course has been developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework and will address the complex issues facing...

Course 2: Perinatal Training for Community and Inpatient Perinatal Mental Health Practitioners

This five day course has been developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework, the course will address a range of topics to...

Course 3: Care of women with severe and complex mental illness during the perinatal period

Perinatal mental disorders may require the management of extreme risk to a mother and her baby. This 2-day course aims to enhance the skills and...

Course 6: Perinatal training for psychologists and therapists in CAMHS and adult mental health teams

This is a two day course in Perinatal Mental Health for psychologists and therapists in CAMHS and adult mental health teams which has been...

Course 7: 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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