Perinatal CPD courses

Our training programme has at its core a desire to ensure that women meet professionals across the care pathway who have the skills, competencies and expertise to assess, refer, 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 this area.

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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 Associates in collaboration with the Tavistock.

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 at least an additional 30,000 women each year to receive evidence-based treatment, closer to home, when they need it. This policy initiative is a response to the well-documented variation and fragmentation of provision and access to specialist perinatal mental health services across the country.

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 and receive positive feedback every year from attendees. 

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Bespoke training

In addition to running the courses detailed below in London, our visiting lecturers are also able to deliver bespoke training courses tailored to your needs within your local areas. 

Here's what others have said about our perinatal courses:

“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.”

"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."

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

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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

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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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