News and events

The PQN team are holding an accreditation training session on Tuesday 14 December from 9.30am to 12.30pm. This training will cover what an accreditation is, how to prepare for it as a service being reviewed, and how to prepare for it as a reviewer.

Please register via MS Forms.

This event is taking place virtually, details about how to join the training will be sent out prior to the event.

For further information about this event, please contact the PQN project team at perinatal-chat@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Webinar #4 - Tuesday 15 September 2020

This webinar was jointly presented by perinatal mental health teams based in Staffordshire and West London. They talked about how they have been running online psychological interventions and discussed the logistics of their programme.

Webinar #3 - Thursday 23 July 2020

This webinar was hosted by Sarah Owens, a Community Perinatal Peer Support Worker from the Surrey and Borders Perinatal Mental Health Service. Sarah talked about how to cope with COVID-19 in a Perinatal Community Team.

Webinar #2 - Monday 22 June 2020

This webinar was presented by Mark Williams, an International Campaigner who is passionate about paternal mental health and why supporting all parents for their mental health will have far better outcomes for the family and the development of the child. He founded International Fathers' Mental Health Day and the #Howareyoudad campaign, for better services for new dads.

Webinar #1 - Thursday 28 May 2020

Hosted by Hayley Grainger, Nursery Nurse from the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The webinar covered navigating the COVID-19 risk and worries with mothers, and addressed some perinatal nursery nurse concerns regarding COVID-19 and highlight possible impacts of COVID-19 on the mother and infant.

You can access recordings of all our webinars on the dedicated CCQI Webinars page.

We are very pleased to be virtually holding a PQN Special Interest Day early next year on Friday 4 February 2022.

The theme for this event is: 'Diverse motherhood'

The programme for the day will be coming soon.

The event will be free to attend for all PQN member services and will be hosted online via Zoom. We hope this means more of you will be able to attend! 

Register your place

Please do not forward the registration link to anyone outside of your organisation as it is for members of PQN only. For non-members, there is a separate sign-up process and the cost to attend will be £70 per person.

We are looking forward to holding a virtual special interest day on the theme of Diverse Motherhood on Friday 4 February 2022.

We are now accepting applications for presentations and workshops for the virtual event. We are open to including talks and creative interactive sessions from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds, drawing on the theme. For example, this may encompass discussions around cultural sensitivity in perinatal services and clinical practice, different cultural norms in motherhood, working with diverse patient groups, and more. We are keen to hear from a range of perspectives, so if you know of anyone who may be interested in presenting, please do get in touch. The deadline for applications is Friday 26 November. To apply, please fill out this brief application form.

The sessions will be run on the online Zoom platform, and will be roughly 30-40minutes long, with some time for a Q&A/discussion after.

We're very excited to announce the return of the PQN Art Competition!

We are looking for artwork submissions from mothers either currently accessing your services, or who have been recently discharged. Submissions can be in the form of any visual art that you can scan/take a photo of to email to us, such as paintings, drawings, photography, digital art etc. There is no set theme this year, but here are a few possible themes for inspiration:

  • motherhood
  • new beginnings
  • bonding
  • nurturing
  • playtime
  • family.

The first prize is a £20 gift voucher and the second prize is a £10 gift voucher. The winning piece will also be published across the front pages on PQN publications and reports for our next review cycles.

Please send all artwork submissions with the owner's first name and artwork title to perinatal-chat@rcpsych.ac.uk by Friday 8 October 2021. Please ensure you do not include the full name of patients on the submissions, and obtain consent for their first name and artwork title to be displayed.

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