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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 the mother, her infant and her family

Mental health problems affect one in five women in the perinatal period requiring effective assessment and management to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes for the mother, her infant and her family.

This course aims to enhance the skills and competencies of practitioners working with pregnant and postnatal women and raises the importance of working systemically.

Developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework, the course will address a range of topics to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to work competently and effectively.

Learning outcomes

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

  • appreciation of how difference and stigma can create barriers to care     
  • detection of risk with women 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 CG142 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 in the perinatal period
  • considerations for assessments and care planning for women with severe mental disorder, acute onset of severe perinatal illness or rapidly deteriorating mental state
  • considerations and challenges facing clinicians – interface between Mental Health Act 2007, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and safeguarding
  • working towards recovery

Read about the Perinatal Competency Framework domains which this course meets.

Who is this course for?

This course is specifically designed for clinicians working in specialist community perinatal teams or mother and baby units (MBUs).

It is particularly beneficial for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists 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.

All the autumn cohorts are now fully booked – new dates for the spring will be available soon. Please register your interest and we will be in touch when these are available to book.


SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/4Monday 19 September 20229.30am1pm
Session 2/4Tuesday 20 September 20229.30am1pm
Session 3/4Monday 26 September 20229.30am1pm
Session 4/4Tuesday 27 September 20229.30am1pm


SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/4Monday 3 October 20229.30am1pm
Session 2/4Tuesday 4 October 20229.30am1pm
Session 3/4Thursday 6 October 20229.30am1pm
Session 4/4Friday 7 October 2022 9.30am1pm


SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/4Monday 31 October 20229.30am1pm
Session 2/4Tuesday 1 November 20229.30am1pm
Session 3/4Monday 7 November 20229.30am1pm
Session 4/4Tuesday 8 November2022 9.30am1pm


SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/4Monday 14 November 20229.30am1pm
Session 2/4Tuesday 15 November 20229.30am12.30pm
Session 3/4Monday 21 November 20229.30am1.30pm
Session 4/4Tuesday 22 November 2022 9.30am1.30pm

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.

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 enhancing practitioners’ knowledge of risk and discuss practice challenges.

This course is powerful, thought-provoking and emotive with a strong emphasis on mothers’ and fathers’ 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 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.

Perinatal competency framework

Find out how this course covers each of the nine domains
of the HEE Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework in our overview guide.

Bespoke delivery

This training can be also be arranged according to demand and delivered locally to teams and services across the UK.

Bespoke delivery to teams and services costs in the region of £10,000, dependent on the number of participants and other variables, including tailoring of the programme to your service needs.

Please contact us if you are interested in commissioning the training.

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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.”

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Next start date:
3 November 2023
Face to face
11 hours
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