Dedicated blended learning programme for Occupational Therapists

In partnership with Health Education England, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists has developed a dedicated blended learning programme for Occupational Therapists working in perinatal mental health services.

1 in 20 women experience mental health problems within a year of (giving) birth and this programme is the first training tool of its kind, in response to the growing role of occupational therapy in the field.

The e-Learning programme is at  www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/perinatal-mental-health. If you have any questions please contact mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk.

This e-learning course is for occupational therapists working in perinatal mental health services and those who are new to or wishing to work in this specialist area of practice. It has been developed by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in collaboration with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

The course is part of a wider blended learning package for occupational therapists working in perinatal mental health and provides them with the information and skills they need to support women’s participation in activities that are important to them and their families, and to facilitate women’s recovery from perinatal mental health problems.

It is recommended that you access sessions 1, 2 and 3 on a laptop or desktop.

Each session includes information, case studies relating to the content of the session and a self-assessment to check participants’ knowledge and understanding. Links to additional information and resources are provided and participants are encouraged to create a ‘personal action plan’ detailing how they will continue their learning and develop their practice.

The course content was written by a group of occupational therapy experts including clinicians, researchers and individuals with lived experience of perinatal mental health problems. Case studies are based on real life examples and include assessment/intervention plans written by experienced occupational therapists for participants to compare with their own. The course was peer reviewed by a wider group of occupational therapists and checked for quality and consistency by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ practice and professional development teams.