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Perinatal mental health : preparing the future nursing workforce

Morton, CJ; Rylance, R

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R Rylance


Perinatal mental health (PMH) problems occur during pregnancy and up to a year after giving birth.
They can have a significant effect on the mother and family, and can affect the social, emotional and cognitive development of the child. PMH nursing is gaining increasing recognition in national
policy; additional funding has been announced to align national perinatal services with agreed standards and the perinatal workforce has been identified as an area of growth.
The PMH competency framework published by Health Education England and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, is aimed at training staff to deliver high-quality care
to women who experience mental health problems during the perinatal period. However, the framework does not address the competencies required from the emerging workforce: nursing
students. The pre-registration nursing curriculum must align with PMH competencies to ensure that nursing students become competent practitioners who are adequately prepared to care for the PMH needs of the mother and family.


Morton, C., & Rylance, R. (2019). Perinatal mental health : preparing the future nursing workforce. Mental Health Practice, 22(3), 17-19.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 9, 2019
Publication Date May 8, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 28, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 28, 2020
Journal Mental Health Practice
Print ISSN 1465-8720
Electronic ISSN 2047-895X
Publisher RCN Publishing
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 17-19
Publisher URL
Additional Information Additional Information : This version is the Author's Accepted Manuscript. The published Version of Record may have slight differences following the publication process.


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