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Perinatal training: risk assessment and management (CPD91g)

Develop effective assessment and management skills to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes for mothers, infants, and families

Mental health problems affect one in five women and birthing people in the perinatal period requiring effective assessment and management to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes for mothers, infants, and families.

This course aims to enhance the skills and competencies of practitioners working in the UK with pregnant and postnatal women and birthing people and raises the importance of working systemically. It addresses a range of topics to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to work competently and effectively.

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Learning outcomes

The focus of this course is understanding the perinatal mental health context in risk assessment and management through:

  • appreciation of how difference and stigma can create barriers to care         
  • detection of risk with women and birthing people with no previous history of mental disorder 
  • understanding the aetiology, risks, recurrence and complications for mothers with psychotic and non-psychotic illness, their baby and infants in the perinatal period
  • managing confidentiality and considerations for safeguarding in the perinatal period
  • understanding one’s own emotional responses and challenges working across agencies and disciplines
  • understanding care pathways and the interface with NICE Antenatal & Postnatal Guidance in the assessment, treatment and management of mental disorders
  • working systemically – keeping the partner/father and family in mind
  • a psychological perspective in working with women, birthing people and families in the perinatal period
  • considerations for assessments and care planning for women and birthing people with severe mental disorder, acute onset of severe perinatal mental health illness or rapidly deteriorating mental state
  • considerations and challenges facing clinicians – interface between Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding
  • working towards recovery

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at clinicians working in the United Kingdom, in specialist community perinatal mental health teams; mother and baby units and maternal mental health services, and clinicians with specialist perinatal mental health roles within maternity and health visiting.

It is particularly beneficial for nurses, health visitors, specialist perinatal mental health midwives, social workers, occupational therapists, and psychologists/psychotherapists who are new to working within these services

Course details

The training is delivered over four mornings and attendance is expected at all four sessions.

Cohort 1 – Fully booked

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/415 January 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 2/416 January 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 3/422 January 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 4/423 January 20249.15am1.00pm

Cohort 2 – Fully Booked

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/44 March 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 2/45 March 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 3/47 March 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 4/48 March 20249.15am1.00pm

Cohort 3 – Fully Booked

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/413 May 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 2/414 May 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 3/420 May 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 4/421 May 20249.15am1.00pm

Cohort 4 – Fully booked

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/41 July 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 2/42 July 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 3/48 July 20249.15am1.00pm
Session 4/49 July 20249.15am1.00pm

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom and the sessions will not be recorded.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.

You may be interested in arranging a bespoke course for your team or organisation – please contact us at to discuss your requirements with us.

This training combines both theory and research with the trainer’s lived experience of severe postnatal illness, embedding participants understanding of risk in the perinatal period further.  

An interactive course, it combines both formal teaching, group work, videos and an opportunity to work through a range of case studies to enhance practitioners’ knowledge of risk and discuss practice challenges.

This course is powerful, thought-provoking and emotive with a strong emphasis on mothers’, fathers’ and birthing persons’ lived experiences in the assessment and management of risk in the perinatal period.

Free webinar

Explore the role of training for professionals involved in the care of women, birthing persons and families throughout the perinatal period in our free webinar recording.

It will help you to feel more confident navigating this area in your professional role, and making informed decisions on training for yourself and your colleagues.

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“I enjoyed being able to learn from someone with lived experience and the opportunity to engage actively with the material using case studies and group discussions. I was never bored!”
“I found it really powerful listening to your own journey and experiences as a service user and AMHP. Really thought provoking and helpful.”
“The course was accessible, inclusive and promoted equality of opportunity for all and to reflect and celebrate the diversity of modern society.”

Course facilitators

  • Juliette Kallaway

    Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner, Mother and Baby Unit Outreach Practitioner and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)

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