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Division of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Perinatal Psychology

Obstetric & Neonatal Complications – Impact on Staff & Parents

Monday 10th June 2019 at Teaching and Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

The Faculty of Perinatal Psychology was established over 10 years ago as an expert network amongst Clinical Psychologist members of the British Psychological Society. We now have over 120 UK wide members with additional affiliate members who are non-psychologists involved in the delivery of perinatal services nationally.

For the majority of women, pregnancy and birth normally go well. A significant number of women, however, face obstetric and/or neonatal complications which can have a significant psychological impact on the woman herself, her partner, her infant(s), and the parent-infant relationship. There has also been increasing acknowledgement of the impact on staff of dealing with obstetric and neonatal complications with high staff stress levels reported. A further significant percentage of women will experience mental health difficulties in the perinatal period. There has recently been a rapid expansion of perinatal mental health services in England with the establishment of many new perinatal mental health teams to help address some of these issues. The Scottish Government has also now committed to improving perinatal mental health services for women. The “Delivering Effective Services: Needs Assessment and Service Recommendations for Specialist and Universal Perinatal Mental Health Services” Report (Perinatal Mental Health Network, March 2019) makes recommendations across all tiers of service delivery to ensure women receive the right level of care at the right time by the right service. The latter report also acknowledges the need for support for staff who care for families facing difficulties in pregnancy and infancy.

This year’s Faculty of Perinatal Psychology conference pulls together presentations by clinical and academic experts along with experts by experience in order to:

  • highlight the psychological impact upon both families and staff when women face additional physical and mental health problems in the antenatal and postnatal period
  • provide clinicians working with a perinatal population with helpful frameworks and approaches to improve the care we provide to families and to enhance staff well-being

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

Registration fees can be found on the online booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Monday 10th June 2019

Please note this is a draft agenda and may be subject to change

09:30Registration and refreshments
09:55Welcome by Dr Alison Robertson, Scottish Representative, Faculty of Perinatal Psychology, DCP, British Psychological Society
10:00Obstetric complications - impact on staff: a clinician's view - Dr Janice Gibson, Consultant Obstetrician, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
10:30Trauma in maternity staff – is there a problem and what can we do? - Professor Pauline Slade, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool & Consultant Clinical Psychologist
11:15Refreshment Break
11:45Personal stories of perinatal trauma - Experts by Experience - Erin Gibson, Janice Marshall Reilly & Vicki Goodall
13:00Faculty of Perinatal Psychology AGM
13:30Transforming Psychological Trauma - Speaker TBC, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Trauma Training Framework Team
15:30Comfort Break
15:45Psychological interventions for women with moderate to severe perinatal mental health problems and pathways of care - Dr Anna Wroblewska, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Mother & Baby Unit, St John’s Hospital, Livingston


Teaching and Learning Centre

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital , Govan Road , Glasgow , G51 4TF •  Directions