Perinatal Mental Health (Maternal, Infant and Family)
Level 6 (20 credits)
School - School of Health and Society
Subject area - Nursing
Start Date(s): September; February
Up to two semesters
Part-time - £840 per 20 credit module
- Delivered by experts in the field
- Develop your expertise in perinatal mental health in relation to pregnant and new mothers, their infants and family
- In line with DH recommendations
- A part-time only course
- International students can apply
Course SummaryThis course aims to develop knowledge and skills in relation to perinatal mental health (PIMH) problems, offering appropriate care and support for pregnant women, mothers, infants and their families. It will also help develop critical understanding of the evidence base related to the appropriate management and treatment of mild-moderate and severe PIMH problems, in the mother and the promotion of infant wellbeing.
"The perinatal mental module has enabled me to explore all areas of women's mental health at a much deeper lever than ever before which has greatly increased my confidence as a practitioner."Audrey Parrot, Health Visitor (Bolton Foundation Trust) Masters Student
This module will enable you to develop expertise in perinatal mental health in relation to pregnant and new mothers, their infants and family. The module runs over two semesters. You would be required to attend for one week block and then three single study days which will deliver the taught components. The other weeks will be in practice developing clinical skills.
Taught sessions will include theory and practice where discussion is encouraged. We will use clinical scenarios throughout the module to explore the identification, assessment and management of perinatal mental health illness including care and support for the infant and wider family. It is anticipated that students will contribute to the taught sessions as we feel that sharing good practice is an important component of this module.
- Knowledge and skills in relation to PIMH, identifying, assessing and supporting pregnant and new mothers, their infants and families.
- Critical awareness of the potential impact of psychological/emotional changes during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period on the mother, infant partner and family.
- Critical understanding of safeguarding, legal and policy issues related to PIMH, including engagement in collaborative working within the multidisciplinary and agency team.
- Critical understanding of the evidence relating to the complex factors that may increase the risk of PIMH problems.
- Critical understanding of the assessment, referral pathways and treatment options for PIMH issues.