This is a work-based postgraduate part-time degree in Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice for Registered Midwives.
Students will build on and enhance their midwifery knowledge, clinical reasoning and decision making skills. The resulting abilities of independent thinking and autonomous practice are highly desirable for midwives seeking career development opportunities.
Students will acquire the cognitive and metacognitive skills which underpin advanced clinical reasoning and decision making. The resulting ability for independent thinking and autonomous practice is highly desirable for the midwife seeking opportunities for career advancement. Work-based education enables midwives to engage in theoretical analysis of practice in the workplace, which can only be of benefit to a positive and proactive culture in the clinical environment. The teaching team have a wealth of experience in work-based learning. The programme builds on the success of the existing Enhanced Professional Practice programme which has offered an excellent learning experience to all students. The College has close professional and clinical links with clinical colleagues and senior midwifery colleagues. The degree in Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice contributes to a culture of scholarship and enhanced practice in clinical areas, which in turn, contributes to better standards of care for mothers, babies and their families
Midwives completing the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme will have developed as autonomous learners who can think more critically and apply theory, experience and academic literature to the development and enhancement of their practice. They will have gained not only academic and enhanced clinical skill, but also the transferable skills charted below. This can only be of benefit to the midwife in terms of employability, the maternity service of the Health Board in which they work, and ultimately the standards of care for mothers and babies.
Modules on the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme typically include:
Starting Your Professional Development Professional Midwifery Practice Portfolio Leadership and Professional issues in Midwifery Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives Policy Influences on Your Practice Assessing Your Current Practice How the Evidence Base Can Help You Change Your Practice How Can I Make a Change in Practice? Advancing Your Own Practice Teaching and Learning in Practice Professional Practice in Sexual & Reproductive Health
Students on the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme will be required to be NMC registered midwives who are graduates. All midwives in Wales have been qualified at graduate level since 2002. Non-graduate midwives seeking similar opportunities will be able to study on the existing BSc (Hons) Enhanced Professional Practice. Requirements regarding clinical experience will be individual; however, most midwives would expect to consolidate their practice as a newly qualified midwife before seeking further education opportunities. Admission to study, for most applicants, will be based on agreement from the student’s employer in relation to funding or study leave.
Recipient: Swansea University
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