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Perinatal Supervision and Leadership Skills

Module titlePerinatal Supervision and Leadership Skills
Module codePYCM095
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Ann Hockaday (Convenor)

Dr Alex Boyd (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This is an optional module on the Perinatal Clinical Psychology Training (PCPT) programme. If you are taking this module are required to have first completed module PYCM092 The Fundamentals of Perinatal Practice. If you are taking this module, you are also required to be clinical or counselling psychologist working in specialist perinatal mental health services. The modules have been developed in response to a Health Education England (HEE) tender to support the training of these professionals in new and recently funded posts across England and cover HEE and British Psychological Society (BPS) perinatal competencies.

This module will include topics on clinical supervision and leadership skills within the context of perinatal mental health settings. Elements of supervision which are particularly relevant to perinatal mental health will be explored, including working with emotive topics such as parenting and termination of pregnancy. Supervising a diversity of professions delivering psychological therapies in the perinatal period will be addressed. The current NHS and political context for perinatal service development will be covered along with key drivers such as the All Party Parliamentary Group and accreditation standards. Consideration will be given to coordinating developments across the pathway (IAPT, perinatal community services, MBU, maternity). You will learn about the application of leadership theory in perinatal settings, in particular as relevant to perinatal psychologists. You will also gain skills in service evaluation and outcomes measurement for perinatal psychological therapies.   

The module will be taught using a variety of pedagogical approaches including structured, online, distance-learning materials (padlets), and remotely (or face-to-face) delivered practice-based workshops with experts in the field. These will then be supported by and remotely-delivered “action-based learning groups” facilitated by experienced perinatal clinical psychologists, supervisors and leaders. The distance-learning materials as designed to communicate to you, and engage you in the underpinning knowledge-base for the topic area. This learning will prepare you for further teaching, skills practice and opportunities for reflection on learning both in the workshops and in the action-based learning groups.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to provide opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • Advanced perinatal psychological supervision and leadership skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Work with and lead multidisciplinary perinatal teams, including building the knowledge and confidence to oversee those with different training and backgrounds including psychiatry, nursing, OT, social work and pharmacy.
  • 2. Train and supervise health care professionals delivering perinatal psychological assessments and interventions.
  • 3. Provide psychology leadership in the development of perinatal mental health services.
  • 4. Provide and supervise perinatally adapted, culturally sensitive psychological interventions.
  • 5. Account for couple and family needs in perinatal psychological interventions and supervision.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Practise and supervise as a scientist practitioner, advancing your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level.
  • 7. Provide clinical supervision and leadership in perinatal mental health settings.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Take personal responsibility for clinical decision making in straightforward and complex situations.
  • 9. Tackle and solve therapeutic, supervisory and leadership problems with self-direction and originality.
  • 10. Adapt psychological practice and leadership with sensitivity, ensuring equitable access to people with diverse needs and presentations.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Structured, online, distance-learning content will include:

  • Supervision and leadership theory in relation to perinatal mental health
  • Knowledge of perinatal mental health and maternity care pathways

The two-day remote or face-to-face workshop will include:

  • Perinatal mental health supervision (across diverse professions). Developing and supporting perinatal psychological frame-of-mind across professions
  • Supervision as leadership and strengths-based leadership in perinatal mental health
  • Applying leadership theory (e.g., systems/collective leadership) to perinatal contexts
  • Working with perinatal health service complexity, multidisciplinary collaboration and team working and navigating care pathways
  • Leading and managing responses to change
  • Perinatal leadership ethics
  • Implementing sustainable mental health service development within perinatal health contexts
  • Measuring service change in perinatal contexts including quality improvement
  • Implementing outcome measures in perinatal teams
  • Working directly with commissioners

Four action-based learning groups will be delivered fortnightly remotely (using zoom or skype video-conferencing) following the workshop, in groups of approximately six students, for two hours and will be facilitated by an experienced perinatal psychologist. The final session will include assessment of application of learning to practice via a case study presentation (see assessment information). The content will focus on your individual goals for applying the module learning to practice.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2Structured online materials to be completed prior to attendance at workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching13Face-to-face teaching on module content including skills practice and reflective exercises
Scheduled Learning and Teaching8Remotely delivered action-based learning groups focussed on implementation of learning in clinical supervision/leadership practice.
Guided Independent Study18Guided independent study and clinical supervision/leadership practice.


Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Case study presentation5020 minutes1-10Oral and written feedback
Practice diary and reflective summary 504 weekly diary/log entries submitted with a 500-word reflective summary of learning as applied to practice1-10Written
Self-rated assessment of competency pre- and post-module01-10Requires completion only


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Case study presentationWritten case report addressing areas previously failed1-10Within four weeks of original feedback
Practice diary and reflective summary4 weekly diary/log entries submitted with a 500-word reflective summary of learning as applied to practice addressing areas previously failed1-10Within four weeks of original feedback
Self-rated assessment of competency pre- and post-moduleNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Bauer, A., Parsonage, M., Knapp, M., Iemmi, V., & Adelaja, B. (2014). Costs of perinatal mental health problems.
  • British Psychological Society (2019). Perinatal Psychology Provision in Specialist Perinatal Community Mental Health Services.
  • British Psychological Society (2016). Briefing Paper 8. Perinatal Service Provision: The Role of Perinatal Clinical Psychology.
  • MABIM Masterclass Leaders’ Top Tips 6: Making Change Happen, leadership, improvement and how to make a difference
  • Marks, L. (2017). Overview of challenges to implementation of good practice in perinatal mental health promotion and management, in universal primary care and community services. Journal of Public Mental Health, 16(3), 100-103.
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2014). Guideline CG192: Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2016). Quality Standard QS115: Antenatal and postnatal mental health
  • NCCMH (2018) Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathways.
  • RCPsych (2015) CR197 Recommendations for the Provision of Services for Childbearing Women.
  • CCQI (2018) Standards for Community Perinatal Mental Health Services (4th Edition).

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE page: URL?

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Perinatal mental health, perinatal psychology, supervision, leadership

Credit value
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Module pre-requisites

PYCM092 The Fundamentals of Perinatal Practice

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