New training at the London Maternity and Midwifery Festival

We showcased our CPD and postgraduate training in the field of perinatal mental health, including two brand new courses.

On Tuesday 6 February, we attended the London Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2024 – sharing our full range of CPD and postgraduate training, with a particular focus on perinatal mental health.

With over 1,000 delegates joining online and in-person, the conference was the perfect opportunity to introduce two brand new training courses in the field of perinatal mental health – a credit-bearing postgraduate module and online lecture series.

Originally developed on behalf of NHS England and now open to NHS practitioners across the UK, our 20-week Perinatal mental health postgraduate module (PN1) allows participants to evidence, record and receive academic credit for skills acquired in specialist perinatal mental healthcare.

Meanwhile, our new Perinatal and parent infant mental health lecture series (CPD90) will bring together a range of speakers, each experts in their field, to share clinical insights, experience and research every month – with a full line-up of speakers confirmed for the coming year.

Mindful of the complex and changing needs of this sector, our Training and Service Development Lead, Jo Brook, led an afternoon breakout session on ‘What midwives need to know about perinatal mental health and why’. Covering the prevalence and associated risks of perinatal mental illness, Jo described good communication, joint working and clarity around roles and responsibilities as being “fundamental” to good perinatal mental health care.

We enjoyed meeting professionals from across London and beyond at our exhibition stand, and presented one delegate with a free place on our online mini course, as part of our prize draw.

Reflecting on the event, Jo said: “Having opportunities to network with other professionals is so valuable. Throughout the day, I have been struck by the importance of access to ongoing networking and training, and how this keeps us updated and connected as a multidisciplinary workforce.”

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Our training courses seek to ensure that professionals across the perinatal mental health care pathway have the skills, competencies and expertise to support women and birthing people experiencing mental illness during the perinatal period.

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