Perinatal mental health and the law – digital course

Mental healthcare

Course information

Upcoming Date: 18/11/2020
Upcoming Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Length: 1 Day
Cost: £249.00
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

perinatal mental health and the law

This one-day Maudsley Masterclass is for all medical, mental health and social care professionals who work with women during pregnancy or the first year after giving birth. It aims to improve confidence in dealing with complex medico-legal issues that may arise in this patient group.

It will be facilitated by legal and psychiatric experts and include research and policy updates. The course will provide a refresher on the relevant legislation and case law, an approach to dealing with common and complex dilemmas around mental capacity assessments in the perinatal period, and an update on the latest research in the field and upcoming law reform.

Using a mixture of lectures, case-based teaching, interactive and practical exercises, this promises to be an enjoyable and stimulating day of learning for anyone with an interest in perinatal health.


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Learning Objectives

After completing this course those attending will be able to:

  • Describe common problems health professionals encounter in applying mental health legislation (Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983) during the perinatal period
  • Discuss case examples of how perinatal medico-legal dilemmas should be managed
  • Apply a structured approach to completing and documenting complex capacity assessments in the perinatal period
  • Describe upcoming reforms to the Mental Health Act and their utility for advance decision making in the perinatal period
  • Formulate a legally informed advance decision making document with women in the perinatal period

Course Information

Target audience

Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Consultant – non-psychiatry any, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – non-psychiatry any, CT1-3 – psychiatry, FY1, FY2, FY3, GP, GPVTS, Health visitor, Midwife, Obstetricians, RGN, RMN, Social worker, ST4-7 – non-psychiatry any, ST4-7 – psychiatry

Length & Time
1 Day

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