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Perinatal Mental Health and the Family

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This module will enable you to consider the impact of maternal mental health on the neonate and infant. It will specifically explore abuse of the infant, safeguarding and the impact of learning disability on the maternal / infant relationship.

Who the course is aimed at
Midwives, Health Visitors, Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

  • Increased understanding of maternal (perinatal) mental health and the impact of this on the neonate/infant and effective recgonition and referral to the relevant health professionals.
  • For the organisation this will mean effective care pathways and increased satisfaction with the care received.
  • For the women and their families increased understanding from the health care professionals leading their care, with appropriate support mechanisms put into place

What you learn
Recognition of the impact of perinatal mental health on neonatal and infant development.

General areas covered 

  • Perinatal mental health, the impact of maternal health on the mother, neonatal and infant relationship
  • It will explore safeguarding (complex case working) in relation to the infant abuse but also domestic violence and the impact of this on maternal safeguarding (including serious reviews as relevant)
  • The Baby Friendly Initiative standards (BFI 2012) as part of the framework to explore the significance of the mother, baby relationship, neuro-science, cognitive development, learning goals and neurological development.

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills
Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working, the skills required by the professional involved in care and the referral pathways will be explored along with difficult conversations (with the mother and her family and other members of the MDT).

Unique or interesting features
This course optimises the opportunities for peer learning with fellow students and the module team from a diverse range of professional backgrounds.

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Run time Environment (JRE) 7 or newer

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,335

International students: £1,335 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification

    • Relevant work experience

    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support

    • Typically evidence of level 6/degree equivalent study

    The above must be evidenced in the applicants application form.

    If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.  If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. 


  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned for delivery from w/c 2nd March 2020.    The module is normally delivered over 12 weeks.

    For distance learning modules attendance at the University is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Assignment

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Catherine Burke - or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 2372

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