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First students complete Perinatal Mental health training programme

26th January 2018

PMH_training_graduates_2017-18.jpgCongratulations to the first cohort of students who have completed the NWC SCN funded Level 7 Perinatal Mental Health Course at Salford University which started last September.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in relation to perinatal mental health (PIMH) problems to facilitate appropriate care and support for pregnant women, mothers, infants and their families. Course participants are able to gain a critical understanding of the evidence base related to the appropriate management and treatment of mild to moderate and severe PIMH problems in the mother and the promotion of infant wellbeing.

Course components included perinatal mental health recognition and management, the impact a parent's mental health has on the infant and into later years, and the importance of attachment in an infant’s development. Participants also heard first-hand from women with lived experience of perinatal mental health issues.

The second cohort due to begin their training in February.

Julia Charnock, Perinatal Mental Health Quality Improvement Programme Manager at the NWC SCN said:

“We are delighted to be providing this important learning opportunity for mental health and perinatal mental health professionals to come together with midwives, health visitors and other health professionals as part of our ongoing commitment to improving health outcomes across the North West Coast. Good luck to the next cohort starting in February."

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