MW0412 - Exploring Values in Midwifery Practice

What will I learn on this module?

This module will explore the values required to tailor care to women and families circumstances and needs. You will have the opportunity to develop skills and abilities which will assist you to provide women-centred and family-centred care. It is recognised that emotional resilience is a beneficial attribute within midwifery practice and the module will explore the development of this on your journey to becoming a midwife. You will engage in a series of lectures and seminars where you will explore your personal beliefs, values and attributes and apply these to practice scenarios where interpersonal relationships are key such as within a mental health pathway. The focus for such explorations may include screening conversations, challenging situations such as inquiring about domestic violence or drug and alcohol misuse and will reference the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Standards . In addition, the module will introduce you to the development of therapeutic relationships, beginning with micro-skills such as listening and questioning and moving this to core therapeutic skills. You will be encouraged to reflect upon the development of your personal skills and group functioning. This will help you to address the notion of a ‘community of practice’ where a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly and which is recognised as key to providing good quality care. A reflective review of your experiences within the module will form the basis of the summative assessment.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a series of lectures, seminars and an interactive skills development workshop as well as directed reading. Video recording of a classroom workshop will be used as the basis for the summative assessment. The module resources will be accessible via the electronic learning platform (eLP).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module tutors who will encourage reflection throughout the module, and facilitate a reflective review and planning session following the workshop. Small group tutorials will be provided to support you to engage confidently with the requirements of the module assessment. In addition, tutors will respond to questions via the module’s discussion board via the eLP so the whole group can benefit.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will demonstrate understanding of the value-based attributes essential to midwifery practice using the NMC Code of Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will enhance skills of reflection and self-analysis as a core requirement of professional practice.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. You will reflect upon the attributes pertaining to professional practice as a Midwife and as a Northumbria Graduate.
4. You will engage with the attributes required to contribute effectively to Midwifery as a community of practice.

How will I be assessed?

Seminars provide the opportunity for tutor and peer review of learning throughout the module(MLO 1, 2, 3, 4).
In addition, you will have the opportunity for small group tutorials that will support the development of your summative assessment and provide feedback upon your progress in relation to the module learning outcomes (MLO 1, 2, 3, and 4).

You will engage in a 2,000 word written reflective review of your skills, abilities and attributes from the analysis of a video-recorded workshop (MLO 1,2,3,4).





Module abstract

‘Exploring Values in Midwifery Practice’ provides you with an exciting opportunity to develop your skills and abilities as an effective communicator within midwifery practice. Addressing values related to self and the nature of relationships you will commence the journey to developing the skills required to effectively deliver women-centred and family-centred care which are core to professional practice and employability. A series of lectures and seminars will enable you to explore your own values, attitudes and skills, and apply these to practice. An interactive video-recorded skills workshop will give you the opportunity to practice skills of therapeutic communication related to practice scenarios, and receive peer and tutor feedback.. This will result in your final assessment where you will produce a written reflection your skills, abilities and attributes based on the workshop recording.

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 2021 or September 2022

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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