Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework launched

8 November 2018

Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework

Health Education England (HEE) has worked with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to develop a skills based competency framework for all staff working to support mothers and families across the perinatal care pathway, from preconception to postnatal care.

The framework is designed to increase awareness of perinatal mental health disorders and associated care skills while supporting advanced and specialist practice. Competencies are the skills, knowledge and behaviours that deliver high quality care and enable the continuous improvement of services. The framework has been developed to standardise competencies for perinatal mental health practice across England, thus helping to ensure the workforce is confident and suitably skilled to identify need and deliver care to women who have mental health problems during the perinatal period. This will thereby increase access to appropriate evidence-based specialist treatment.

This framework lists several competencies over separate domains and is divided into categories for different types of healthcare worker; including those who have limited or infrequent contact as well as those who work in specialist perinatal services. Over time, this competency framework may be used for recruitment, training and development, and discussions about career progression.  

For more information about the framework, including access details visit the e-Learning for Healthcare website.