The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with Health Education England (HEE) to develop a "competency framework" for perinatal mental health care skills to support all professionals working with mothers and families, from preconception until 1 year postnatal.

The framework was developed by an expert writing team and Perinatal Mental Health Steering Group, and aims to build perinatal mental health capability in the workforce, by identifying the skills required and helping care teams to assess their training needs.

We’re now looking to test the framework with practitioners, by reviewing the content and understanding how it could be used to support training and development in everyday practice. Feedback will also help to develop the framework further as an online resource to support delivery of excellent perinatal mental health care.

Four regional pilot sites have been selected to cover the variety of perinatal mental health and multi-disciplinary services caring for mothers and families, and represent different parts of the country in Birmingham, Devon, Kent and the North West Coast. Professionals in these regions are being invited to sign up to review the framework through an online survey, which presents the framework to test and a short feedback questionnaire.

The survey is open now until 31st January and you can sign up by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to obtain your individual survey link. Health and care staff outside the focussed test regions are also welcome to sign up to take part and 'try-out' the framework.

For more information about the project.