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This Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing) aims to equip nurses and midwives with the requisite knowledge, skills and competence to prescribe medicinal products safely and effectively. Read more
This Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing) aims to equip nurses and midwives with the requisite knowledge, skills and competence to prescribe medicinal products safely and effectively. Upon successful completion of this course, the graduate will be eligible to apply to An Bord Altranais (ABA) for registration as a Registered Nurse Prescriber.

The course is composed of three modules:
Developing the Professional Role,
Prescribing Medicinal Products
Physical Assessment.

Each module has 10 ECTS credits and each requires students to carry out clinical practicum, attend Trinity-based theory lectures and follow the course material by the e-learning method. Students are required to attend the university for approximately 10 days over the course of the year. In addition there is requirement for 12 days clinical exposure. To be awarded a Certificate, a student must successfully complete all three modules to the value of 30 ECTS. The course will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods, including examination, written assignment, Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and a clinical portfolio which includes the completion of three independent Objective Structured long Examination Records and a case presentation.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant must meet all three types of criteria namely professional, academic and clinical as follows:

Professional:
Have an active registration with ABA: applicants must be registered in the General, Psychiatric, Children’s, Intellectual Disability, Midwifery or Public Health Nurse divisions of the active register maintained by An Bord Altranais; and
Have a minimum of three years post registration clinical experience during the last 5 years with at least one year full time experience in the specific area of practice.

Academic:
Possess competencies recognised at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications (for example a higher diploma or an honours degree); and
Demonstrate evidence of further post registration education (for example completion of An Bord Altranais category I or II courses or other postgraduate courses)

Clinical Practice Experience:
Be employed in a clinical area that is approved by the course team and satisfy An Bord Altranais Requirements and Standards.
Submit a written commitment from their host organisation supporting the applicant for the clinical practicum. A Site Declaration Form signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health Nursing (or relevant nurse/midwife manager) must be submitted with the entry application.
Submit a written confirmation from a medical practitioner who has agreed to act as a mentor for the required term of supervised practice (this mentor should also sign the Site Declaration Form).
Have access to computer facilities including email and internet, and be familiar with information technology in particular email and internet use.

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As a NMC Registered Nurse (Adult) this programme will prepare you for registration as a midwife, with an emphasis on midwives as practitioners of normal childbirth, who provide competent compassionate care. Read more
As a NMC Registered Nurse (Adult) this programme will prepare you for registration as a midwife, with an emphasis on midwives as practitioners of normal childbirth, who provide competent compassionate care. You will have the opportunity to practice within the community, midwife led units and consultant units. Teamwork skills are a core requirement of midwifery practice and opportunities will be given for inter-professional education, where students are able to learn together, in order to promote good communication, collaborative practice and excellent client care. You will be taught from both a national and international perspective and will gain an understanding of global issues within a global economy.

The postgraduate programme runs concurrently with the pre-registration shortened undergraduate programme. It provides the opportunity for you to study at a higher level in order to gain a master’s degree. On successfully completing 120 level 7 credits, you will gain a postgraduate diploma and will be eligible for registration as a midwife with the NMC.

When in practice as a midwife, you will be eligible to enrol on the Masters Dissertation or Project Based Change module (60 level 7 credits) in order to achieve a MSc in Midwifery Practice.

During your programme you will be employed by one of two trusts: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) or The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SATH). You will be required to follow your employing Trust’s employment policy throughout your programme.

Course content

During the first part of the programme you will develop your knowledge of normal midwifery and related anatomy and physiology. Concurrently you will further develop your knowledge of research and its application to evidence based care. Clinically you will be based in the community and a midwife led unit. During the second part of the programme you will develop your knowledge and skills required for care of women and babies who are considered at risk, evaluate and audit practice and midwifery leadership and reflect on your own development in becoming a midwife. You will gain clinical experience in the consultant antenatal and post-natal ward, labour ward, a neonatal unit and the community. Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity of carrying a small caseload of women, for the whole of their perinatal experience. Your care will be fully supervised and supported, and the women in your care will evaluate your practice. An opportunity will be given to undertake an elective placement in an area of your choice within or outside the UK.

Graduate destinations

A wide range of career opportunities will be open to you as a midwife; these include midwifery practice within the NHS, HM armed forces, in private practice or overseas. Midwives who have undertaken the 18 month shortened programme are required to practice for 1 year as a midwife in the UK before registering and working elsewhere within the European Union. Following a period of practice you may choose to move into midwifery management, supervision, education or research.

Other admission details

You will be assessed by the 6 C’s and the values relating to your employing trust - UHNM: Respect and Dignity. Safety is a Priority. Working Together and Everyone Counts. Learn from Experience. SATH: Proud to Care. Make it Happen. We Value Respect. Together We Achieve.

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Start date to be confirmed. 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. Read more

Start date to be confirmed.

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.

What will you study?

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.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1

  • Birth as a Life Event
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Foundation for Biosciences in Childbearing
  • From Embryo to Neonate

Year 2

  • Women's Health and Illness
  • Principles of Research
  • Public Health and Childbearing
  • Dimensions of Health and Midwifery Practice

Year 3

  • Midwife as a Professional
  • Facilitating Women-Centred Care
  • Midwifery and Women's Health: International Perspectives
  • Improving Practice through Research

What this course offers you

  • This course will prepare you to achieve the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and European Midwives' Directives.
  • It is ideal for women and men with qualities that include a mature, open-minded approach, good interpersonal skills and empathy.
  • The course comprises at least 50 per cent practice-based learning and a minimum of 40 per cent theory.
  • For more details of life as a midwifery student at the joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, please visit the joint faculty website.


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A midwifery postgraduate diploma in central London for qualified adult branch nurses on the NMC Register who wish to become registered midwives. Read more

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.

Key benefits

  • Partnerships with world-class teaching hospitals
  • Links with health services and policy makers
  • 100 per cent employability; our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally
  • Renowned for the quality of our research work
  • World-class academics and gifted students from all walks of life
  • Approachable, available and supportive staff.

Description

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.

Course purpose

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.

Course format and assessment

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.

Extra information

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.

Career destinations

Registered midwife positions in a range of leading NHS Trusts and with other health care providers.

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Equip yourself with the requisite knowledge of evidence based midwifery practice and skills required to provide holistic women and family centred care. Read more
Equip yourself with the requisite knowledge of evidence based midwifery practice and skills required to provide holistic women and family centred care.

Edinburgh Napier University are proud to offer the new pre-registration Masters of Midwifery programme.

Midwives are recognised as experts in supporting women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We believe midwifery fosters the belief that childbirth is a normal physiological experience to be nurtured and respected.

What you'll learn

As a midwife you will be recognised as an expert in supporting and advising women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum care. This course offers you the opportunity to develop clinical midwifery practice in a variety of healthcare settings and through simulated practice using our state of the art facilities. You will critically explore the provision of maternity services embracing the challenges of prioritising compassion, professionalism and trust.

You will be supported by a team of midwife lecturers who have expertise in both clinical practice and current research.
Midwives are autonomous practitioners who practice in a multi-disciplinary care setting. Midwifery is a very distinct independent health profession which possesses its own knowledge skills and competencies. Midwifery care holistically encompasses the unique experience of each individual woman throughout their journey.

The study of midwifery will teach you the theory of being a midwife through a blended learning approach including lectures, tutorials, online self-directed learning and workshops. You will prepare for your placements in our simulated clinical environment prior to your practice placements across South-East Scotland. Notable midwifery skills include:

• communication skills
• breast feeding
• normal labour and birth
• initial consultation and history taking
• medicines management

On placement you’ll relate theory to real life practice supported by a midwife mentor specifically trained to support you and assess your achievement.

The experience you gain will enable you to become a conscientious midwife and contribute positively to advancing midwifery practice. You’ll become knowledgeable and skilled in the care of pregnant women, their babies and families and graduate ready to go straight into work.

You’ll also be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This qualification means that you’ve been assessed to be a safe and competent midwife with the necessary understanding and abilities.
What you'll study

Year 1

• Professional midwifery practice
• Ante-natal and post-natal midwifery care
• The science of midwifery
• Evaluating the evidence base for normal labour and birth
• Evaluating Midwifery care of the new-born and family
• Midwifery practice 1

Year 2

• Conceptualising public health and social context of childbearing
• Midwifery practice 2
• Midwifery care of mothers and babies with complex needs
• Midwifery practice 3
• Management of emergencies during childbirth
• Midwifery practice 4

Year 3

• Research skills for professional midwifery practice 2
• Midwifery practice 5
• Critiquing midwifery practice for women centred care
• Midwifery practice 6
• Midwifery practice 7

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

On successful completion of the course, you will be well equipped for your role as a Registered Midwife. This will also be supported by continuous professional development/ revalidation throughout your career based on the NMC Code (2015). The principles of the Code are to:
• Promote professionalism and trust
• Prioritise people
• Practice effectively
• Preserve safety

These principles are firmly embedded in our programme and continued application of these principles will enable future career opportunities including, midwifery research, advanced practice or specialist roles and education

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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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. Read more

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.

What will you study?

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.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules

  • Transition to Midwifery Practice
  • Social and Political Context of Midwifery Care
  • Midwifery and Complicated Childbearing
  • Effective Midwifery Practice
  • Improving Practice through Research

What this course offers you

  • This 85 week course has been designed for registered nurses who wish to gain the knowledge, skills and values necessary to register as midwives on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register.
  • You will be offered a wide range of clinical experience within local NHS Trusts and the surrounding community.
  • For more details of life as a midwifery student at the joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, please visit the joint faculty website.


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The Mmid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. Read more
The Mmid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. The course has an emphasis on normality and midwifery topics which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women.

We are one of the first University's in the country to offer an MMid Midwifery at pre-registration level.

You will learn from the best as our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012. This success is due to the expertise of our staff and the content of our course which gives students the opportunity to combine theory with practice through the practice placements.

The aim of the MMid Midwifery course is to:
-Prepare you for entry to the Midwife’s aspect of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Professional Register, in accordance with the professional and statutory requirements
-Make you a committed midwife that contributes to the enhancement of health and social care through inter-professional collaboration
-Develop skills that make you become a responsive, confident midwife who at the point of registration is competent to practice in a variety of settings
-Develop transferable communication skills to enhance critical decision making and to use appropriate information technology
-Give you the skills to become a midwife that is safe, effective and competent in caring for women experiencing normal childbirth recognising the need for appropriate referral to other health professionals
-Enable you to act as an advocate and facilitator of change using an evidence-based approach in theory and practice

The MMid Midwifery course is a work-based course in which you study five study blocks in eighteen months. The study blocks involve 30 hours of contact time leading to a total of 150 hours of contact time throughout the course. You will learn through lectures, student led seminars, tutorials and practical workshop sessions using an enquiry based approach.

When you return to your clinical site, you are supported through the use of online resources such as the discussion and group working facility on StudyNet our University’s virtual learning environment. You will have access to the range of electronic sources available via StudyNet and will be expected to complete online work books in your self-directed study time.

The course leads to the award of Registered Midwife and a Master of Midwifery (MMid) degree. The award of a MMid Midwifery Degree requires 180 credits, to include at least 150 credits at Level 7.

Why choose this course?

-The MMid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level
-It focuses on normality and modules which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women
-It uses blended learning and teaching which includes e-learning with campus based study to strengthen the practice skills learning
-Graduates develop critical awareness and gain insight around current midwifery practice and its' evidence base so that they are able to make sound judgments in complex situations
-Our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012.

Careers

Graduates from the MMid Midwifery course become registered midwives and have the skills for a variety of career options including clinical practice, management, research and education.

Teaching methods

The MMid Midwifery course is delivered using a blend of teaching and learning strategies, primarily utilising e-learning, but also facilitating blocks of study to strengthen the implementation of enquiry based and practice skills learning.

You will have access to StudyNet our virtual learning environment where you can access electronic course materials, including different formats such as 'blogs', podcasts, group discussions and online tutorials.

Effective online learning requires a high level of responsibility for learning on the part of students and a reduction of the teacher-student power differential. Short experiential exercises which may or may not be in direct contact at the University will enhance the learning opportunities.

Open learning attracts self-disciplined and motivated students who are able to direct the pace of learning to suit their personal circumstances and commitments. In essence this will be practice-based learning as the theory is integrated in practice, and you can study course material, work on course activities, and develop assessments. You will have virtual support from University tutors, link tutors on site and residential study week ends.

Work Placement

Midwifery practice makes up 60% of the programme and is based in one of the three local maternity units. You will work alongside a registered midwife gaining hands on experience from your first week of practice. Practice sites are allocated according to preference and availability.
The sites are:
-Barnet General Hospital
-The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
-Watford General Hospital

You will also be required to undertake a small caseload during your studies, enabling you to provide continuity of care throughout the whole spectrum of childbirth.

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Who is it for?. This course has been specifically designed for experienced adult nurses who are looking to change their career direction and become a midwife. Read more

Who is it for?

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.

Objectives

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.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Academic facilities

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.

Placements

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

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.

Modules

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:

  • Applied Biological Sciences
  • Fundamental Aspects of Care
  • Professional Midwifery Knowledge
  • Psychosocial Sciences and Public Health

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.

Career prospects

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.



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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. Read more

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.

Study information

Please note, this programme is also available to study at undergraduate BSc level.

This programme is made up entirely of compulsory modules:

Year 1

  • Public Health and Midwifery 2
  • Facilitating Normal Childbirth 2
  • Practice Module PG1

Year 2

  • Becoming a Midwife 2
  • Practice Module PG3
  • The Neonate 2
  • Complexities in Childbirth 2
  • Practice Module PG2 

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

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.



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During this MSc Midwifery Studies students will develop their in-depth knowledge and understanding of key elements of a midwife's role including. Read more
During this MSc Midwifery Studies students will develop their in-depth knowledge and understanding of key elements of a midwife's role including:

The public health role of the midwife
How physiological childbirth can be promoted and maximised within contemporary maternity services.
How the childbirth experience can be optimised for all women and their families.
Research approaches within health and social care.
Students will develop a critically understanding of the midwife’s role in the improvement of health and well being and the skills needed to optimise the childbirth experience. Students will further develop their skills in working with and for women and communities to optimise the childbirth experience, promote and protect equality, diversity and the rights of individuals. Those progressing to the full MSc Midwifery Studies will also learn how to generate and interpret relevant research evidence and apply it in practice.

Graduates of this programme will have the ability to not only reflect on professional practice to enhance self-awareness and professional development but also the skills and knowledge base to critically analyse and evaluate maternity care provision in order to identify areas for development. They will be able to clearly demonstrate a critical understanding of health research and development and crucially be able to analyse, synthesise and appropriately apply evidence based information to practice and enhance the childbirth experience.

Assessment

There are a range of assessment approaches, including written assessments, presentations and a research dissertation.

Core modules:

Optimising the Childbirth Experience (20 credits)
Leadership in Context (20 credits)
Research Methods or e-Research Methods (20 credits)
Dissertation – supervised research project of your own choice, in relation of midwifery practice (60 Credits)
Optional modules:

Examination of the Newborn (for midwives) (20 credits)
Optimising Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (20 credits)
Contraception and Associated health (20 credits)
A wide variety of modules from the school of healthcare sciences

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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. Read more

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.

Programme structure

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.

Learning and teaching module selection

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.

Mentorship module

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.

Practice Teacher qualification

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.



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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. Read more

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.

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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.

Placement Opportunities

The course comprises 50% practice and 50% theory. Practice placements are available throughout the following Health Boards:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway

There is at least once placement outwith the acute maternity sector in a community midwifery unit.

Course Details

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:

  • leadership
  • management
  • education
  • research-awareness
  • professional reflection
  • critical thinking and expert knowledge

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:

  • management
  • leadership
  • clinical governance
  • education
  • supervision innovation and the development of new insights

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.

Career Prospects

Jobs

Our course will enable you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for roles in areas such as:

  • management
  • leadership
  • consultancy
  • educational
  • research

Further Study

Upon completion, you will be equipped to consider postdoctoral studies, project management and leadership, postgraduate teaching and learning, and specialist consultant clinical midwifery roles. 



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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. Read more

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.

What will I study?

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.

How will I study?

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.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Who will be teaching me?

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.

What are my career prospects?

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.



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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. Read more

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.

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

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.



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WHO IS IT FOR?. This programme is suitable for any practising graduate midwife. BENEFITS. Individualised degree study pathway in which credits from prior study may be used. Read more
WHO IS IT FOR?
This programme is suitable for any practising graduate midwife.

BENEFITS
Individualised degree study pathway in which credits from prior study may be used. The study pathway can be tailored to current and future learning and development needs.

AIMS
This degree programme aims to enable the practising midwife to study a postgraduate degree pathway which has been planned by the student themselves and which reflects academic and professional development needs in line with the usual requirements for postgraduate level study. The open framework structure aims to facilitate pathway specialisation where possible and if desired.

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