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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

The Faculty of Perinatal Psychiatry

Perinatal Section


About us

The Faculty of Perinatal Psychiatry was inaugurated as the Perinatal Section in 1996. All College Sections became Faculties at the College AGM on 24 June 2014. It aims to:    

  • promote the subject of perinatal psychiatry within the College
  • provide a network of support and information for interested psychiatrists
  • promote the provision of services for childbearing women with mental health problems
  • develop educational opportunities for psychiatrists in training
  • foster research in the area of perinatal psychiatry
  • act as a resource for the College in its links with other related professional bodies, governmental organisations and the public


The following three priorities for the Perinatal Section are:


  1. Education, Training and CPD - Define and promulgate competencies for perinatal consultants.
  2. Clinical Service Development and Policy - Promote the development of perinatal Managed Care Networks in all areas, as per NICE guidance, to support efficient service delivery along clear care pathways. Develop guidance on safeguarding children in the context of perinatal psychiatry. Lead the development of outcomes definitions and PBR relating to perinatal psychiatry, and closely monitor developments on commissioning. Ensure perinatal and infant mental health is included in the public mental health agenda as it develops. Workforce planning: maintain or increase the number of trainee perinatal psychiatrists.
  3. Research - Set up a formal research network.



Executive Committee







The Section has an annual scientific meeting. The inaugural meeting was held in 2002 and are now timed to occur in November of each year. Non-members are welcome to attend and details of forthcoming meetings are posted on these pages. An annual business meeting is held during the scientific meeting.





How to contact the Faculty of Perinatal Psychiatry

To contact the Section please email Lauren Wright.



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News and events


REPORT: Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: Developing the right people with the right skills and the right values. A mandate from the Government to Health Education England: April 2014 to March 2015.  


EVENTS: 10 - 12 September 2014: International Marce Society Biennial Scientific Conference 2014, Swansea


NEWS: Perinatal PDP meeting minutes template


NEWS: Recent developments from the NHS Commissioning Board


NEWS: April 2014 Newsletter



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Membership is open to all Members or Associates of the College. Others may be invited to join at the discretion of the Chair.

To join, please complete our online application form or email the College registration department.