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Perinatal Mental Health

The Perinatal Mental health curricular framework was developed in 2006 and will be updated in 2016.

Perinatal mental health has been recognised in recent years as a major public health concern. Researchers, policy makers, service users and health professionals have highlighted the huge impact of mental health problems during the perinatal period and the need for improved care in this area. The high human cost of perinatal mental illness has been starkly highlighted by the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths.  Triennial reports spanning 200-2005 found that suicide and psychiatric issues were the leading causes of indirect maternal death in the United Kingdom.

Project Objectives

Working in partnership with the Scottish multi-disciplinary perinatal mental health network, NHS Education for Scotland developed and funded a project to:

Scope existing educational provision within perinatal mental health, develop a curricular framework to match service need, and commission an appropriate educational programme.

The first two phases concluded in October 2006 with the launch of the Perinatal Mental Health Curricular Framework. The scoping exercise carried out in early 2006 revealed significant gaps in provision of education to health professionals in this area.

The third phase funded the development of an educational programme to deliver the outcomes of the Curricular Framework.  It is hoped that this will lead to an innovative solution to meet the educational needs of all professionals seeking to offer a multi-disciplinary perinatal mental health service.

Education Programme

In 2007/2008, Glasgow Caledonian University in collaboration with the University of the West of Scotland, successfully developed and piloted an educational provision at SCQF level 10 and SCQF level 11.  A multi-disciplinary and multi-agency workforce was targeted.