MW0513 - Essential Skills in Midwifery Practice 2

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will build on the clinical knowledge and skills gained in year one and develop these as you explore the role of the midwife working with women with complex care needs in a variety of practice settings. This is in keeping with the framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care for all childbearing women and infants including those with complications. Women’s experiences of complex care will provide the foundation for continued learning focused on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Essential Skills Clusters (communication, the initial consultation between the woman and midwife, normal labour and birth, initiation and continuance of breastfeeding and management of medical products). In relation to your ongoing development as a professional, your skills and knowledge will be enhanced and applied to the expectations of the NMC Code . In order to provide care in complex situations you will need to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to patient safety, referral and decision-making. These areas of practice require that you are able to understand and work across professional boundaries, recognising the impact of the context of care provision on the personal and professional leadership skills you need to demonstrate in practice. Safe practice is embedded in the module as you revisit skills such as infection control, life support and the management of medicines. Using case scenarios and reflection these will be applied to situations from your practice experience which include for example peri- operative care, surgical birth and neonatal care. In addition, safeguarding and the protection of vulnerable adults and children will be revisited alongside developing your understanding of issues such as consent and confidentiality. The principles of caseload midwifery will be introduced in preparation for learning in year three and also to reflect the holistic nature of midwifery practice in meeting the needs of all childbearing women. You will continue to advance in relation to data protection and record keeping and in line with NHS Digital Technology plans you will use an electronic learning application to record your achievements and progress in the clinical environment.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning on this module will be within both university and the practice settings and will engage you in direct experience which will build on the skills you have developed in year one. University learning will be planned across the year and integrated into the practice learning opportunities so that you are prepared to engage in new experiences and enabled to reflect on and learn from new situations. Directed learning will include safeMedicate an online tool which supports the development of numeracy and safety in relation to medicines management and which you will require as evidence to support practice assessment. Placements in year two will be streamed facilitating participation in the provision of midwifery care in hospital-based services for those with complex needs; this will include care provision in the non-maternity setting and transitional care of the neonate. There will be opportunities to work alongside other professional in practice and as part of inter professional learning in the University setting. You will also work with the module tutors to reflect on practice learning where there will be opportunity to learn from your real life experiences and those of your peers as well as case scenarios applicable to your placement stream. Activities in the module will be recorded in your eLearning portfolio and contribute to the evidence required for your assessment in practice. The ‘Skills for Practice’ website will continue to be accessible to reinforce skills learned via simulation and clinical practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

As with all modules on the programme, successful achievement requires a robust system of support and guidance to help focus your learning needs. You will be supported in both the academic and practice learning environments. In university, lecturers and guidance tutors will provide you with support to develop your academic and clinical skills.

In clinical practice, your mentor and midwife-link-tutor will guide and support you to identify your learning needs to support and prepare you to meet the specified practice learning outcomes that will be assessed.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Discuss and apply the relevant theory that underpins care practices through which midwives may meet the needs of women who require complex care.

2. Demonstrate and discuss the care required to monitor the wellbeing of a woman and her fetus/neonate when challenges, complications or long-term conditions are present.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Perform a variety of specified clinical skills safely and effectively.
4. Critique the role of the midwife in maintaining a safe and supportive environment for women and infants experiencing complex care pathways.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate and debate the principles of ethical and professional midwifery practice adhering to the NMC Code.

How will I be assessed?

Formative:
You will be given ongoing feedback from tutors during skills teaching and group tutorials and seminars. You are guided to consider the evidence required to inform the practice assessment.
On placement, formative evaluation of your progress by your mentor is embedded within the assessment process. An identified mentor, who will provide formative feedback, will support your practice experience in a non-midwifery setting.

Summative:

1. Assessment of the practice outcomes based on the NMC’s essential skills clusters, learning log and skills passport for intra partum care 50%.
MLO 1-5
2. Assessment of the practice outcomes based on the NMC’s essential skills clusters, learning log and skills passport for complex care 50%.
MLO 1-5

Pre-requisite(s)

NA

Co-requisite(s)

NA

Module abstract

In a complex setting “Women’s maternity care should be personalised to their needs and those of her baby and family” 5. Building on year one and applying your theoretical learning from this and other modules, you will be able to demonstrate and discuss the care required to monitor the wellbeing of a woman and her fetus/neonate when challenges, complications or long-term conditions are present. As you engage in new experiences, this year long module will support you to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to patient safety, referral and decision-making within university and practice settings with a range of learning activities such as scenario based seminars, practical workshops, directed and reflective learning. You will have the opportunity to work across professional boundaries, in the providing care in hospital-based services for those with complex needs; this will include care provision in the non-maternity setting and transitional care of the neonate.

Course info

UCAS Code B720

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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