Exploring maternal perinatal mental health using a blended learning package

Larkin, Valerie, Flaherty, Alison, Keys, Claire and Yaseen, Jonathan (2014) Exploring maternal perinatal mental health using a blended learning package. British Journal of Midwifery, 22 (3). pp. 210-217. ISSN 0969-4900

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2014.22.3.210


This paper presents and discusses a collaborative midwifery curriculum development involving service users and academic staff, focusing on maternal perinatal mental health. An overview of contemporary drivers for service user involvement in midwifery care, practice and education and the significance of maternal perinatal mental health are highlighted to set the context for the educational development. The potential advantages and challenges of service user involvement in the pre-registration midwifery curriculum are outlined. The authors’ response to these challenges, through the process of initiating, implementing and evaluating a blended learning package is discussed. At the heart of this blended learning activity is the facilitated narratives of two service users, interspersed with student-focused reflective and analytical activity to develop an appreciation of a wide range of evidence, including practice experiences, theory and literature. This partnership approach to developing teaching materials for the pre-registration curriculum is advanced as a means to ensure the service user voice becomes central to the pre-registration midwifery curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2015 15:28
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 14:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24568

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