A competency framework for Perinatal Mental Health

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

The framework aims to build perinatal mental health capability in the workforce, by identifying the skills required and helping care teams to assess their training needs.

E-learning for Health (eLfH) and HEE are currently in the process of developing the Competency Framework into an online tool.

The online tool will allow professionals to access the competencies in the framework relevant to their role and inform them of which competencies they require in order to fulfil the responsibilities of their role.

The Competency Framework is one of five projects being undertaken by the National Workforce Skills Development Unit which is a service commissioned from The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust by HEE.

During the summer of 2017 the  National Work Skills Development Unit conducted a survey with the National Perinatal Mental Health Network leads to scope what training is being offered to the workforce that meets the competencies in the framework.

This survey helps to inform our understanding of where the gaps are nationally and what training is required to start to develop consistency.

A report was provided to HEE on 8 September 2017. It is currently awaiting review and sign off by the Health Education England Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Board

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

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