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25th European Congress of Psychiatry / European Psychiatry 41S (2017) S53–S68



Psychiatric training in perinatal

mental health across European


M. Casanova Dias

1 ,

, E. Sonmez


, F. Baessler


, A. Kanellopoulos



S. Naughton


, M. Pinto Da Costa

6 , 7

, H. Ryland


, L. De Picker



Cardiff University School of Medicine, MRC Center for

Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff, United Kingdom


Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey


Centre for Psychosocial Medicine and Department of General

Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, University Hospital

Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany


Mental Health Unit Evgenidion Therapeftirion, National

Kapodistrian University Athens, Athens, Greece


Psychiatry of Old Age Registrar, Mater Misericordiae University

Hospital, Dublin, Ireland


Hospital Magalhaes Lemos, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal


Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University,

London, United Kingdom


South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust,

London, United Kingdom


University of Antwerp, Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research

Unit, Antwerp, Belgium

Corresponding author.


The aim of postgraduate psychiatric training is to

prepare psychiatrists to practice independently. The quality of care

provided will depend on the training they received. Pregnancy

and childbirth (usually called the perinatal period) are a high-

risk period for many women with psychiatric problems. An illness

episode at that time can have a devastating effect on women and

the whole family, including the child’s development.


To understand how perinatal mental health training

is organized within Europe and how it fits in the training curricula.


The European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees con-

ducts an annual survey of all member country organizations. We

have asked respondents if they received training in perinatal psy-

chiatry, whether that was optional or mandatory and what was its

duration. Where training in perinatal psychiatry was not available

we asked if they felt it should be.


Data will be presented from the 35 countries that

responded in the 2016 survey. Six countries reported that train-

ing in perinatal mental health is available. But it is mandatory in

only one, with the others offering a mix of theoretical and practi-

cal optional training. Of the 29 countries that do not offer perinatal

psychiatry training, the majority reported it should be offered and



There is a gap in the expectations of psychiatrists

treating women in pregnancy and after birth, and a widespread

lack of training for them to be able to do so effectively.

Disclosure of interest

The authors have not supplied their decla-

ration of competing interest.


Psychiatric trainees’ experience of

their training in perinatal mental


E. Sönmez

1 ,

, M. Casanova Dias


, M. Pinto Da Costa



Marmara university Pendik training and research hospital,

Psychiatry, Istanbul, Turkey


Cardiff university, mrc centre for neuropsychiatric genetics and

genomics, London, United Kingdom


Hospital de Magalhaes Lemos- university of Porto- unit for social

and community psychiatry- queen mary university of London-

London- United Kingdom, psychiatry, Porto, Portugal

Corresponding author.


Approaching and offering treatment to a patient in

perinatal period might be complicated. Often, it is regarded as one

of the most difficult aspects in psychiatry. Given the increasing

trends in the number of female patients of childbearing age consul-

ting to psychiatric services, it has become an issue that specialists

of today and tomorrow need to be well aware of.


To better understand the impact of perinatal mental

health training on psychiatric trainees from different countries in

Europe who receive such training.


The European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees con-

ducts annual surveys, directing questions to national trainee

representatives, to assess the situation of psychiatric training. EFPT

representatives of the countries where perinatal mental health

training was reported to be included in psychiatry and/or child

and adolescent psychiatry training programmes, namely Germany,

France, Malta, Finland and Ireland, were contacted. Qualitative

interviews focusing on the confidence (or in confidence) trainees

feel when a patient who is planning pregnancy, pregnant or breast-

feeding consults to them and the impact of training in perinatal

mental health on their attitudes as clinicians were explored.


Although theoretical training in perinatal mental health

is considered as an important aspect of psychiatry training in

general, practical training or rotations are not found as essential.

However, being able to benefit to more than one generation was

perceived as a source of motivation.


Perinatal mental health is appreciated as a critical

part of theoretical education by trainees and in countries where

a clinical rotation is available, it enhances making more use of

resources and consultation possibilities.

Disclosure of interest

The authors have not supplied their decla-

ration of competing interest.


Developing a curriculum and

standards for psychiatric training in

perinatal mental health

E. McDonal

Perinatal Faculty, United Kingdom

This presentation will inform the audience about the workforce

issues in England in relation to Perinatal Psychiatry. The talk will

illustrate the methods being utilised within the Royal College of

Psychiatrists to develop the skills and competencies of clinicians.

Intensive training courses, curriculumdevelopment and an innova-

tive bursary scheme for consultant psychiatrists will be described.

Disclosure of interest

The author has not supplied his declaration

of competing interest.

Workshop: Risk factors for psychosis in migrants

in Europe: Results from the EUGEI study


Does social disadvantage explain the

higher risk of psychosis in

immigrants? results from the eugei

study in london

S.A. Stilo

1 ,

, C . G


2 , S. B


2 , F. B


2 ,

V. Mondelli

3 , P. D


1 , C. P


3 , M.

Di Forti

4 , R. M


1 ,

C. Morgan