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This three-year PgDip course has been designed for health and science graduates who would like to gain the knowledge, skills and values necessary to register as midwives on the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) professional register. This is an NMC approved course.
You will study a wide range of subjects that provide the scientific knowledge base for midwifery practice, such as maternal and neonatal physiology and care; health promotion and education; professional, ethical and legal issues; and research. You will be exposed to a variety of educational and practice settings and encouraged to view learning as a lifelong process. Reflection is emphasised throughout the course to enhance the integration of theory and practice.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
A midwifery postgraduate diploma in central London for qualified adult branch nurses on the NMC Register who wish to become registered midwives. You must have completed at least six months as staff nurse and possess a bachelor degree in nursing with a minimum of 2:1 honours (or international equivalent). Other healthcare-related bachelor honour degrees at classification 2:1 or above may also be considered.
This PGDip midwifery programme is for qualified adult branch nurses on the NMC Register who wish to become registered midwives. Applicants must normally have completed at least six months as a staff nurse and possess a minimum second class honours degree (or equivalent). This is a shortened programme of approximately 3,000 hours.
You will study normal midwifery practice, complex midwifery and obstetric situations, organisation and models of care, health promotion, newborn care and assessment, principal methods for health care research and evidence based decision making in health care.
Students on this programme will be employed by one of the Schools partner NHS trusts for the duration of the programme.
The primary aim of the programme is to support students as they progress towards registered practitioner level and beyond, and to provide a framework within which they can acquire and demonstrate both generic transferable competencies and those specific to their area of practice.
Main Hall lectures; facilitated seminars; clinical skills workshops; electronic learning materials; optional opportunities to explore nursing through various media; use of enquiry-based learning; learning in a variety of health care environments Assessment strategies include: electronic examination; clinical portfolio; essays; peer review; assessment of clinical learning.
All students on midwifery programmes are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and all must give consent to this. Completed DBS checks must be received prior to the student undertaking any clinical placement. All students attend Occupational Health (OH) on entry to the programme.
Registered midwife positions in a range of leading NHS Trusts and with other health care providers.
This 85 week PgDip course has been designed for registered adult nurses who have already studied at degree level who would like to gain the knowledge, skills and values necessary to register as midwives on the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) professional register. This is an NMC approved course.
You will be offered clinical experience within local NHS trusts and the surrounding community. We aim to co-ordinate your clinical placements to reflect the modules being studied, integrating theory and practice.
The themes that run through the programme are midwifery profession and practice, research, biological science, social science, health promotion/public health, and law and ethics.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
This course has been specifically designed for experienced adult nurses who are looking to change their career direction and become a midwife.
The course provides a fast track route into midwifery and is completed within an 90 week teaching period.
As a midwife you will be working with families and parents at one of the most important times of their lives. You will be caring for and supporting women and their partners during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.
The Postgraduate Midwifery Diploma (90 week shortened course for Nurses) prepares qualified adult nurses to pursue a rewarding and challenging career in midwifery.
The programme will enable you to develop your skills, professional knowledge and understanding of the midwife's role, understand childbirth and the current issues in midwifery practice. It will provide knowledge and skills on the promotion of health and well-being of childbearing women and their families.
Experience will be gained in all areas of maternity services including community clinics, birthing centres, the antenatal clinic, delivery suite, antenatal/postnatal wards and women's homes. You'll also understand the value and importance of working within a multi-professional team to ensure the best possible outcome for women and babies when complexities arise.
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square Campus has been designed to give students a safe environment in which to practise their clinical and caring skills. Designed to reflect working wards and clinical environments, you will be able to familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing placements.
We have a range of specialist equipment that is used to simulate birthing situations from normal to emergency, to enable you to develop the skills you need no-matter the birthing situation you are supporting.
You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment; laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse their skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and women’s homes.
Approximately 60% of your time on the course will be spent on placement.
Students will be allocated to a community of practice for their clinical learning experiences. City, University of London currently has four communities of practice in Newham, City and Hackney (Homerton), Camden and Islington (UCLH) and Tower Hamlets (Royal London).
Teaching and learning involves lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion.
You will split your time between clinical practice and the institution, with 60% of your time gaining clinical practice experience and 40% of your time being theory based. Some of the student-directed study time is used for reflective practice sessions held within the practice setting.
Modules are assessed through a combination of group work, written coursework, written and clinical examination. All assessments are focused on issues in midwifery practice.
The course is delivered through a mixture of clinical practice and academic study. You will experience a wealth of opportunities for learning with midwives, women and their families within the hospital and community settings. From the outset of your journey you will be able to apply your growing knowledge and skills holistically through the undertaking of a small caseload of women. This will be with the support of your mentors and supervisors of midwives. A portfolio of practice will help to steer your learning and integrate the theoretical strands into your practice.
The course commences with an orientation module followed by modules related to the following themes:
Students will be able to combine theoretical study and develop clinical skills within our excellent clinical simulation facilities. The course has a theory/practice split of 40%-60%.
Students will be allocated to a clinical area and supported by a trained midwifery mentor and practice education facilitator.
Independent study time is also given so students can develop their individual learning.
Midwifery is a challenging career which allows you to develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms within the profession. Successful graduates gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification allowing you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.
Careers prospects are excellent; 90% of our graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Our graduates secure employment with trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
As a graduate midwife in London you should expect to start your career with an annual average salary of £29,000. Progression within the midwifery profession is common, with many graduates advancing to a Band 6 role within 6-12 months of graduating (qualified midwives start on a Band 5 contract) and continuing to steadily progress throughout their career.
Graduates from the PG Dip Midwifery (90 week) course are also able to top-up their qualification to an MSc by taking addition modules and completing a dissertation.
A range of career opportunities are available for midwives in midwifery led stand-alone birth centres, acute units, and independent practice, consultant and specialist roles. Midwives can also work independently and self-employed as independent midwives.
The Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery is ideal for adult nurses on the NMC Register at Level 1, who hold a BSc degree in nursing. This is a part-time programme with start dates available in January and September.
At the University of Hull, our Faculty of Health and Social Care has strong engagement with patients, people who use services, their carers and friends, ensuring our programmes remain contemporary and relevant. Our professors’ research strengths in midwifery, and in maternal and sexual health, are applicable at all levels. Your degree is split 50:50 between classes and full-time mentored clinical placements with Hull and East Yorkshire, North East or North Lincolnshire NHS trusts, Leeds Hospitals, or at Scarborough Hospital. The course commences in February every year.
You will receive experience in a range of maternity care settings, including clients' homes, community clinics, hospitals and midwifery led birth units. On completion of the programme, you will be a qualified midwife, capable of providing a safe, competent and satisfactory experience for the childbearing woman, the baby, and the family.
Please note, this programme is also available to study at undergraduate BSc level.
This programme is made up entirely of compulsory modules:
* All modules are subject to availability.
The aim of the programme is to develop a midwife who is able to deliver the best possible care to women and their families.
Midwifery requires people who are enthusiastic, compassionate and understanding, knowledgeable and level-headed, who are responsive and can think decisively. As well as developing these qualities, this programme aims to equip you with the ability to apply biological, social, political, and cultural perspectives to the context of childbearing.
This programme provides opportunities for you to develop your full potential and fosters commitment to continuing education. At the end of the programme, you will be ready to undertake the role and responsibilities of the midwife. Midwives leave the Faculty and go on to the wide range of career opportunities available for them. Students are prepared to work anywhere in the UK and throughout the world.
This dynamic and exciting programme offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your critical thinking an analytical skills whilst developing an enquiring, reflective and innovative approach to contemporary educational and professional practice.
It is suitable for a wide range of individuals from health and social care settings who wish to gain qualified teacher status.
The programme will enable you to pass on to your students the values required in modern healthcare, and within the NHS Constitution, including: compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.
All students are initially registered for five years. The programme is part-time. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate Education for Professional Practice programme NMC registered practitioners may apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for recognition of their Qualified Teacher Status and be recorded on their Registration record.
The programme is in line with the NMC Standards for Learning and Teaching in Practice (2008).
Example module listing
This pathway is open to individuals from health care environments who wish to extend their knowledge, skills and develop their understanding through critical thinking and analysis.
For nurses and midwives, this forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessing in Practice (Stage 4 - Teacher).
On completion of the three core modules, plus the requisite 360 teaching hours, the nurse or midwife can record this study as meeting the standards for the qualified teacher and therefore register the qualification with the NMC.
The ethos of the programme is based on an individual’s developmental learning journey and, as such, commences at the initial applicant enquiry.
It is at this stage that an informal discussion will take place possibly with the administrator, module leader and/or the Director of Studies (DOS) to offer information regarding the modules/programmes whether it is Mentorship, Practice Teacher or Qualified Teacher.
Through this enquiry, a general discussion takes place that will assist the individual to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning based on their learning needs, taking into account previous study and the requirements for their professional role in learning and teaching.
A nurse or midwife could apply for AP(E)L for up to 100 per cent against the Mentorship programme and the Practice Teacher qualification if appropriate study has been successfully completed.
This process takes place rarely but the mechanism is still in place. Each application for AP(E)L is considered on an individual basis by the AP(E)L committee using the University’s standard AP(E)L procedures.
The Mentorship module can be accessed by a variety of health care professionals who have a responsibility to support learning in practice and forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentor).
A nurse or midwife wishing to undertake this module will be required to have one year’s post-qualification experience prior to attending. In preparation for this module, you would be encouraged to engage in the Associate Mentor preparation provision, which will be offered within NHS Trusts, led by Trust personnel with educational responsibilities.
The Mentorship module is a generic module (offered at FHEQ Level 6 and FHEQ Level 7) and forms part of the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice (stage 2 – Mentor).
It assists participants to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through exploration, enquiry and reflexivity, aiming to develop and enhance effective assessment and facilitation skills.
Students will have an opportunity to explore learning and teaching strategies relevant to practice; assessment and evaluation in the context of giving feedback, measuring achievements, competence and quality.
The exciting challenge is to contextualise these areas for each student to ensure that the learning experience is meaningful.
Those who show an aptitude for learning, teaching and supporting learners or a keen interest in this area will be actively encouraged to progress on to further study.
The Practice Teacher NMC qualification can be accessed by individuals on the NMC register. This pathway includes Supporting Education in Practice, and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher.
Both modules are offered at FHEQ level 7. Pre-requisite study for this qualification is Mentorship FHEQ Level 6 or FHEQ Level 7.
This qualification forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Stage 3 – Practice Teacher), which offers preparation for Primary Care nurses who are supporting learners undertaking Specialist Community Public Health nursing qualifications and Specialist Practice qualifications.
Throughout the Practice Teacher programme, Practice Teacher students are supported by a qualified Practice Teacher to assist in developing skills associated with supporting specialist practice students.
Undertaking the Supporting Education in Practice module gives the opportunity for the student Practice Teachers to consider and critically evaluate links between theory and practice, and to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and support of learning within the workplace.
The Practice Module for the Practice Teacher is an effective strategy to test and extend your skills in supporting specialist practice students throughout their specialist practice programme.
Opportunities are given to actively be involved in formative and summative assessments whilst being supported by a qualified Practice Teacher.
On successful completion of the Supporting Education in Practice module and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher, the nurse can record this study as meeting the NMC standards for the Practice Teacher Qualification and be annotated on the local register of Practice Teachers which is held and maintained within their Trust.
Education Leads within the Trusts are sent information as to who has been successful in achieving this qualification.
Once the Practice Teacher qualification has been completed individuals are actively encouraged to continue with their postgraduate studies by undertaking the remaining modules associated with the Postgraduate Certificate.
This dynamic three-year midwifery course will enable you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles.
Within the next decade, there will be new challenges and opportunities for midwives to develop their roles as practitioners, partners and leaders in delivering and shaping future maternity services (Scottish
Government, 2017). This course will give you the education and skills to embrace this challenge.
Professional Approval and Accreditation
Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You will be eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the NMC.
The course comprises 50% practice and 50% theory. Practice placements are available throughout the following Health Boards:
There is at least once placement outwith the acute maternity sector in a community midwifery unit.
To meet the needs of women and their families within our society, our course reflects a dynamic student centred approach to education. In preparation for autonomous practice within the maternity services with emphasis on active learning focussing on:
Teaching & Assessment
Our course comprises of 50% practice and 50% theory and is provided on a full-time basis of no less than three years duration. It must be completed within 5 years (including interruptions).
Delivery of our taught MSc pre-registration course will include teaching at a more advanced scholarship level. Your experience will be deepened and broadened using additional tutorials and seminars, this will include a wider perspective on issues such as:
In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate advanced research awareness throughout the course and will complete an element of personal research/project work involving the development of new ideas/knowledge.
Our course will enable you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for roles in areas such as:
Upon completion, you will be equipped to consider postdoctoral studies, project management and leadership, postgraduate teaching and learning, and specialist consultant clinical midwifery roles.
If you are a qualified nurse seeking dual registration as a midwife and you have a minimum of one year’s practice in adult nursing, then this Master’s degree is for you. Building on your existing skills in adult nursing, you will gain a comprehensive education in midwifery, develop into a confident, effective and compassionate midwife, and achieve a professional qualification which incorporates the leadership and management skills that enables registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The programme focuses on normality in maternal and neonatal care as well as the provision of care for women with complex care needs. It is designed to support the transition to the field of midwifery and postgraduate study. You will become an autonomous, evidence-based and research-aware practitioner, able to deliver excellent care and respond to the challenges of the midwifery profession.
The programme is designed to underpin the application of a broad range of health care related skills, acquired from previous nursing education, to the standards specific to midwifery.
You will build your skills, knowledge and confidence in supporting women and their families through the childbirth continuum, first exploring normal reproductive physiology during pregnancy and childbirth and then examining potential complications, including clinical skills provision for women with complex care needs.
Exploring research and evidence-based practice in maternal and neonatal health will introduce you to relevant research methodologies, while a focus on leadership and change in health and social care will equip you with the skills required to be a practice innovator. You will also explore maternity care in the broader context of the contemporary public health agenda.
You will learn via a 40% split of theory and 60% midwifery practice components. Theory is taught through seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as skills taught in the clinical skills suite which are then utilised in clinical practice.
Practice will be undertaken in hospitals and community settings. During this time you will have a practice placement mentor who will support your learning and development.
As midwifery care is a 24-hour activity you will be required to attend clinical placements on a shift basis, including at night and weekends. Some of your placements may be geographically dispersed and this will mean that you may be required to do some travelling.
Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous. Practice is assessed against national outcomes and you are required to demonstrate evidence of your achievement. Assessment of theory is conducted through a combination of assignments, seminar presentations, advanced notice examinations and a dissertation.
Lectures are delivered by expert professionals with backgrounds as registered midwives, as well as specialists in other areas. The Midwifery programme team have extensive educational experience within maternity services.
As a registered midwife there is a wide choice of career destinations, from hospital-based roles within the NHS or private health care, to providing services in women’s homes or working in the community, local clinics, birth centres, children’s centres and GP surgeries.
Many of our Midwifery graduates work on antenatal, labour and post labour wards, and neonatal units. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue opportunities in education, counselling, research, specialist practitioner roles and management.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health, Social Care and Allied Professionals aims to enable you to achieve a professional teaching qualification whether you are a nurse, midwife, social worker or any other allied professional. The PGCert aims to develop your knowledge and skills for teaching so that you can facilitate and manage learning and assessment at higher education level within a health or social care context. The course aims to be sufficiently flexible to enable you to develop specific expertise which can be applied to the complexities of your professional practice area. The PGCert is committed to your individual development as a teacher. It will enhance your critical analytical skills and enable you to synergise the demands of practice development with current research.
The PGCert was developed collaboratively to capture a broad range of expertise and promote the highest standards and suitability. Schools involved in the development of the PGCert curriculum included Health and Wellbeing, Education and Applied Sciences. The PGCert is delivered by the School of Health and Wellbeing which has established an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses, its innovative approaches to learning and teaching and for the friendliness of its staff.
Successful completion of the PGCert will enable you to pursue a professional teaching career either within the higher education arena or within your practice area. The PGCert is approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and meets the NMC teacher standard. If you are a nurse or a midwife, successful completion of the PGCert enables you to record your professional teaching qualification on the professional register.
Upon successful completion of the PGCert you will be able to evaluate critically a range of educational frameworks that are specifically relevant to your area of professional practice. You will be able to explore critically the complex learning needs of professional students, stakeholders and commissioners and develop educational experiences that are both context and research-based. You will be able to engage in evidence based teaching and assessment and evaluate your own interventions as a teacher whilst proposing interventions for enhancing the overall learning experience.