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.
Visit the MSc Midwifery page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!
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