MW0413 - Assessment, Screening and Care Planning in Midwifery Practice

What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce the practice category of ‘assessment, screening and care planning’ from the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care and as such will provide you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and support to women and their families. Emphasising normality and the development of women’s capabilities, you will examine theories and concepts which underpin care throughout the antenatal period, birth and the postnatal period. You will have the opportunity to explore the provision of care in various contexts such as the home, community, midwife-led care facilities and hospital, to enable you to assist women in making informed choices. Assessment of health care needs will include for example, physical assessment during pregnancy e.g. abdominal examination. Care planning includes issues such as understanding the concept of pain and its management. In addition, you will develop your knowledge around the risks and benefits of maternal, fetal and neonatal screening in order to support shared decision making with women regarding their health and that of the fetus/neonate. Module content will be framed by the NMC Code of Professional Standards.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module, learning will be based in the University setting. However, it will be enhanced by reflection on your experiences in the practice setting. You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars and directed learning for e.g. on-line activities and workbooks. Practice-defined scenario’s which illustrate women’s journeys and use women’s stories will aid in the application of theory to midwifery. Lectures will introduce key concepts in relation to midwifery assessment, screening and care planning which will then be further explored within seminars, workshops and practical’s whereby you will learn with and from other students.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutors on this module will provide academic support and guidance to facilitate your learning. Learning materials, including directed and e-learning will be made available on the electronic learning platform (eLP). Formative feedback will be available to enable you to review your learning in a safe and supportive environment for example following seminars and practical activities. Where possible feedback will inform the module summative assessment and a group tutorial will further support preparation for the module assessment. In addition, Student Central provide on-line and 1:1 support with academic and writing skills.

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?

You will be expected to:
Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Develop your understanding of the role of the midwife and of the various care contexts of practice.

2. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of a range of theoretical evidence underpinning assessment, screening and care planning tailored to women’s circumstances and needs.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Reflect on the professional practice required to establish working relationships with women, their families and other professionals within the boundaries of the NMC Code.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the professional attributes required to provide care which recognises the diversity of women’s circumstances and needs.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Ongoing feedback will be available from tutors throughout the module following directed activities such as seminars and following completion of e-leaning activities. Peer review will also be encouraged following seminar presentations.
There will be the opportunity for small group tutorials prior to the summative assessment.

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment will be a 15-minute presentation, which identifies and explores an aspect of midwifery practice which reflects the module learning outcomes 1-4.





Module abstract

This module will introduce the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care and the practice of midwives in relation to assessment, screening and care planning for women. The module is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s which will expose you to women’s journeys and stories from pregnancy to post-natal care. The module is year long and will complement the Essential Skills for Practice module and reflection on practice learning experiences will inform some activities and discussions. You will be able to choose an aspect of midwifery care to present for the final assessment.

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.

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