Professional course Perinatal Mental Health For Health and Social Care Practitioners

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Five weeks
Course Director
Kate Bagnall

20 credit level 3 and Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


This level 3 or Masters level (UZURXN-20-M) module will be relevant if you wish to advance your skills and knowledge in perinatal mental health. It will be particularly appropriate if you are a midwife, health visitor, neonatal nurse, mental health nurse or other Health and Social Care Professional, who works with women and their families in pregnancy and up to one year after birth.

You will develop critical knowledge and understanding of: perinatal mental health; implications of mental illness for women, infants and families; care pathways, policy and guidelines for practice; approaches to assessment; appropriate management and treatments. It will also help to develop a critical reflection on your own and others practice, through the use of case studies.

For leading in enhancing quality care provision, the module also provides opportunities for you to critically evaluate current guidelines, national and local service provision and identify areas for innovation in practice and local service development, which could be taken forward as a future work-based project.

Careers / Further study

The Level 3 (UZUR1H-20-3) module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

The Masters level (UZURXN-20-M) module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards.



The aim of the module will be to:

Advance knowledge and a critical understanding in perinatal mental health and women's experiences of mental illness:

  • Physical, emotional, psychological and social changes during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period.
  • The relationship between perinatal mental health and social, cultural, economic and co-morbidity factors.
  • Mental health issues applied to perinatal period including mood disorders and psychosis.
  • Service users experiences of mental illness.

Advance knowledge and understanding of assessment, screening, referral and treatment of women with moderate and server perinatal mental illness:

  • Management strategies, Clinical Care Pathways and National and Local clinical guidelines for screening.
  • Treatment interventions for moderate and severe perinatal mental illness.

Advance skills for practice when working with women and their families:

  • Communication skills and partnership and relationship based models to care.
  • Care planning.
  • Interagency and interprofessional working.
  • Critical reflection on own and others practice in promoting mental wellbeing for women, infants and families.

Enhance understanding of the wider context of practice in relation to perinatal mental health:

  • Legal, ethical, statutory issues relating to perinatal health and professional practice.
  • Risk management and clinical governance.
  • Safeguarding.
  • The policy context and mental health as a public health issue.
  • Social and cultural issues: Stigma and mental health. Ethnic and cultural considerations relating to metal illness.
  • Perinatal Mental Health services.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used:

  • Lectures, seminars, case studies, simulation, role play, learner's presentations.
  • Group discussions and action learning sets to enable learners to engage in critical reflective discussions, based upon your practice experiences.
  • E-learning and virtual learning, including online discussion forums and e-portfolio.

Teaching will be by subject specialists such as specialist midwives and health visitors, psychologists and specialist mental health lecturers. Service users organisations and visiting guest speakers will be utilised to share their experiences, to inform students on specific areas and about specific organisations/services.

Independent learning

Independent study will include essential reading for preparation for each taught session, presentation preparation, case study and assessment preparation. You will be encouraged to keep a reflective portfolio of learning development and work on this will also be counted within these hours.

Study time

Total 48 CPD hours.

Contact time includes lectures, seminars, simulation and workshops.


Formative Assessment

You will have an opportunity to test your leaning and understanding within group discussions, learner presentations, reflections on practice and feedback from peers and tutors.

Summative Assessment

A 4,000 word written assignment which provides a critical analysis and evaluation on an aspect of current practice relating to perinatal mental health and a proposal for service development for women and their families.

This component will enable you to demonstrate advanced critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the evidence base for perinatal mental health and current approaches to assessment, management, treatment and service delivery for women and their families.

The proposal for service development will enable you to: demonstrate a critical discussion on current guidelines, practice and service provision; innovation and leadership in enhancing quality care and local service development; a project which you could take forward as a future work-based project.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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