Perinatal Mental Health

The RCGP has identified Perinatal Mental Health as a Clinical Priority. It aims to develop and implement a strategy for primary care. Through the work of the Clinical Champion, the College will work with partners in promoting models of best practice and pathways of care and will develop learning and educational resources.

Perinatal Mental Health toolkit

The College, in partnership with NHS England, has produced a toolkit to assist members of the primary care team to deliver the highest quality care to women with mental health problems in the perinatal period. As well as offering a diverse collection of resources, the Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit gives details of additional learning for individual practitioners. It also provides resources for those concerned about their own mental health issues.

Confidential enquiry into stillbirths

MBRRACE-UK have published the results of a confidential inquiry into stillbirths, finding that although rates of stillbirth have been falling, they are still high in the UK compared to elsewhere in Europe. The report has a number of implications for general practice, which Judy Shakespeare, Clinical Champion for PMH and colleagues have summarised in this useful document.

GP special interest group

Are you interested in perinatal mental health? Do you have local examples of innovative practice in perinatal mental health in primary care? We have formed a small group of GPs who meet up occasionally, but mostly communicate electronically. The group have been instrumental in pulling together the Falling through the gaps report and developing the 10 questions every GP should ask themselves about perinatal mental health document (see below).

If you would like to join, please email

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