A competency framework for Perinatal Mental Health

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

The framework was developed by an expert writing team and the Perinatal Mental Health Steering Group. It aims to build perinatal mental health capability in the workforce, by identifying the skills required and helping care teams to assess their training needs.

We’re now looking to test the framework with practitioners, by reviewing the content and understanding how it could be used to support training and development in everyday practice. Feedback will also help to develop the framework further as an online resource to support delivery of excellent perinatal mental health care.

Four regional pilot sites have been 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 are being invited to sign up to review the framework through an online survey, which presents the framework to test and a short feedback questionnaire.

We are launching the Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework as a pilot version so that clinicians in patient-facing roles can give us a breadth of opinion and feedback.

The competency framework, in partnership with the Tavistock and Portman Trust and an expert reference group has already been through a number of drafts and revisions.

Whilst a suitable location to house the finished final version are explored, we’d like as much feedback as we can.

The competency framework for professionals working with women who have mental health problems in the perinatal period

Download the competency framework
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