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Midwifery Practice PGDip

Course Description

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.

Visit the Midwifery Practice PGDip page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Be a Registered Nurse (Adult) with a Bachelor degree with honours. You must have recent nursing experience. You must provide 2 professional references (one from a recent employer and one from an academic). These should be either on letter-head or from their work email address. You will be further assessed by an interview if you are successful during a group activity. See course description for further admission details.

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