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Perinatal Mental Health Annual Meeting

Start: 13/12/2018 00:00
End: 14/12/2018 00:00

Location: RCOG
Programme: Perinatal Mental Health 2018.pdf


Supported by The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Overviewroyal college of psychiatrists

Mental health problems affect 20% of women in the perinatal period and suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality. Many women are not recognised as being unwell and go untreated. Stigma in relation to mental health problems is a further barrier to women seeking appropriate help and support. Specialist perinatal mental health services are being developed across the UK and there is a need for all professionals who work with women in pregnancy and the postnatal period to have skills in detecting, assessing and managing the conditions.

This 2 day intensive course for obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives, health visitors, GPs and mental health professionals will increase understanding of maternal mental disorders (nature, course, assessment and management) and the associated skills required in maternity services. The course will be delivered by experts from psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, obstetrics and midwifery in Perinatal Mental Health and the content will reflect the HEE PMH Competency Framework objectives.

Learning Objectives

  • To enable obstetrics and gynaecology doctors, midwives and allied professionals to identify and understand the aetiology, nature and course of mental health problems in pregnancy and the first year following childbirth
  • To understand the characteristics of disorders in the perinatal period which contribute to complexity and risk across physical, emotional and social domains
  • To enable participants to reflect on the role of stigma as a barrier to effective identification and management of mental disorders
  • To understand current developments in relation to services, care pathways and clinical networks
  • To understand that each discipline has a role to play in the care of women with mental disorders and to understand multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working and the need for good communication
  • To update professionals on the latest developments in management and treatment of mental disorders in the perinatal period (including physical and psychological strategies)
  • To understand the effects of maternal mental health problems on the developing fetus and infant
  • To understand what interventions may help with the mother-infant relationship
  • To understand how the participants can contribute to the development and provision of services

Who Should Attend?

  • All Consultants, SAS Doctors and Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Midwives
  • Nurse Specialists
  • Obstetric anaesthetists
  • Obstetric physicians
  • Neonatologists
  • Medical Students

Course Organisers

Dr Karen Joash MRCOG, London

Dr Liz McDonald FRCPsych, MPhil, DU, London

Dr Maddalena Miele MRCPsych, D Phil, London

Honorary Director of Conferences

Mr Philip Toozs-Hobson FRCOG, Birmingham

Honorary Deputy Director of Conference

Mr Andrew Sizer FRCOG, Shropshire

The registration fee (inclusive of online discount and VAT at 20%) for this event is: 

Full Conference (Thursday 13 – Friday 14 December)

  • Standard rate: £550.00
  • Fellow, Member and Associate rate: £495.00
  • Trainee rate: £440.00
  • Allied Healthcare Professional rate: £200.00 

One Day (Thursday 13 or Friday 14 December)

  • Standard rate: £345.00
  • Fellow, Member and Associate rate: £295.00
  • Trainee rate: £235.00
  • Allied Healthcare Professional rate: £150.00

How to book

  1. Sign into the RCOG website or create your account here – you need to be registered with the RCOG website to book on to an event
  1. Check that your card billing address is listed in ‘My account’ > ‘My details’ > ‘Addresses’, as you will need this in order to complete your booking
  2. Check that your details are correct in ‘My account’ > ‘My details’ > ‘Career stage’, as we will use this to calculate your registration fee
  3. Return to this page
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the booking form, which will appear once you are logged in

Alternatively, you can book using the postal booking form, although if you book using this method you will not receive the online discount.

If you would like your hospital or trust to be invoiced for your place, please read the events FAQs for further details.

For any queries regarding this event, please contact:

Jessica Thorn, Conference Administrator

Crystal Presotto, Conference Co-ordinator


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