Perinatal Mental Health

Course Flyer

Perinatal Simulation Flyer

Course dates


3rd May       COURSE FULL

6th June      COURSE FULL

12th July     COURSE FULL

23rd Sept    COURSE FULL

10th Oct      COURSE FULL

21st Oct       COURSE FULL

23rd Oct      COURSE FULL

18th Nov     1 Health Visitor place remaining

9th Dec        COURSE FULL


29th January      2 x Health Visitor places remaining

3rd February     1 x Health Visitor, 2 x Mental Health Nurse, 1 x MCA or Obstetrician places remaining

4 regional course dates in 2020 now confirmed:


11 March 2020     2 x Midwife, 2 x Health Visitor, 1 x GP, 1 x MCA

30 April 2020       Midwife, Health Visitor, GP and Junior Doctor places remaining


18 May 2020        Health Visitor, Mental Health Nurse, GP, MCA  places remaining

3 June 2020          Midwife, Health Visitor, Mental Health Nurse, GP, MCA places remaining

Faculty Lead

Dr Jennifer Cooke
Consultant Psychiatrist, Brighton and Hove Perinatal Mental Health Service
Clinical Lead for Perinatal Mental Health, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

The Course

The “Perinatal Mental Health Simulation Training” project aims to equip front-line multi-professional staff in primary and secondary care settings with the skills to assess and manage patients presenting with perinatal mental health problems.

One day training workshops co-facilitated by a consultant perinatal     psychiatrist from the Sussex and East Surrey Specialist Perinatal mental Health Service and a perinatal mental health service user trained in simulation facilitation and debriefing

Immersive simulation training on the identification and management of common perinatal mental health problems using actors and ‘real-life’ settings

Limited places for each specialism to allow a ‘hands-on’ team working experience

Learning Outcomes

Improved confidence and knowledge related to assessment of  mental health problems occurring across  the perinatal period in a variety of settings

Increased understanding and building confidence assessing and managing risk in patients with perinatal mental health problems

Understanding principles of management of common perinatal mental health problems

Understanding the roles of others and improving team-working and communication between all the professional groups involved in women’s care during the perinatal period

Understanding perinatal mental health care pathways and the role of the specialist perinatal mental health team


The project is fully funded by Health Education England and is free to healthcare staff working within the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Region and open to:

Health Visitors
Mental health nurses
Junior doctors (GPVTS, Foundation, Psychiatric and Obstetric Trainees)

If you need to cancel or reschedule your course, please note that a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice is required.


The course will be held at the KSS Children’s Simulation Centre,  Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton BN2 5BE

Regional venues will be announced shortly




To register for this course please use the form below:

Registration Form

Feedback from candidates on previous mental health courses run at the KSS Children’s Simulation Centre:

“It was probably one of the most useful training days that I can remember. The mixture of interdisciplinary learning, well run simulation (with believable actors) and expert knowledge to draw on in the discussion sessions made it really effective.”

“The course was extremely pertinent – we need more like this.  The facilitators provided a relaxed, safe environment.  It was good to meet other staff – encourages liaison.  There was a lot packed into a short course – I feel empowered. I think it should be part of our early education programme in midwifery.”