Mothers: Mental Health

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what training (a) health visitors, (b) midwives and (c) GPs receive on identifying (a) post-natal depression and (b) other maternal mental health issues.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government is committed to ensuring that all healthcare professionals receive the necessary mental health training to meet the current and future needs of patients.

The standard of training for health care professionals is the responsibility of the health care independent statutory regulatory bodies who set the outcome standards expected at undergraduate level and approve courses and Higher Education Institutions to write and teach the curricula content that enables their students to meet the regulators outcome standards.

For midwives, their pre- and post-registration education should enable them to provide prediction, prevention, identification, care and referral for maternal mental health problems.

For general practitioners (GPs), mental health diagnosis and support is a key component of the Royal College of General Practitioners Training Curriculum and a key area where all GPs need to be competent in order to practise independently as family doctors.

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