MW0414 - Essential Skills in Midwifery Practice 1

What will I learn on this module?

Women want midwives who “combine clinical knowledge and skills with interpersonal and cultural competence” therefore this module will begin to develop your clinical knowledge and skills, which will aid you in your journey to become a safe, effective and compassionate midwife. Learning will be focused on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Essential Skills Clusters in the domains for effective midwifery practice. These domains are; communication, the initial consultation between the woman and midwife, normal labour and birth, initiation and continuance of breastfeeding and an introduction to the management of medical products. You will learn the underpinning theory and rationale for the current approaches to midwifery care and develop safe and effective clinical skills to enable you to meet the NMC’s first progression point at the end of your first year. The expectations of professional practice will also be introduced via an understanding and application of the NMC Code in combination with other policy drivers. For example, in relation to data protection, confidentiality 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. Safe practice is also introduced in preparation for placement learning as you address topics such as moving and handling and safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults.

You will experience the 24 hour/seven-day care provision during your clinical placements, enabling you to develop an understanding of women, their infants and family’s needs. You will work in partnership with women (under supervision) to provide a woman centred approach to care.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning on this module will be within both university and the practice settings. In university, you will be learning about and then rehearsing midwifery practice skills in a simulated environment to promote active learning. Skills sessions will normally be preceded by directed learning such as completion of online activities or workbooks, this will develop your knowledge and skills and maximise the integration of theory to your developing practice. Resources will be available to you on the electronic learning platform (eLP). The module will introduce you to an online medicine management learning tool which will provide you with the opportunity to develop numeracy skills in relation to drug calculations.

The ‘Skills for Practice’ website is specifically designed for healthcare students and consists of videos and posters; it will be accessible to reinforce skills learned via simulation and clinical practice. You will also be introduced to the wider healthcare team during your clinical placements and via interprofessional learning with students from other healthcare disciplines at the university. The need to appreciate each other’s roles and work closely with all members of the multidisciplinary team is essential for safe and effective practice .

You will undertake three, six-week placements and a two-week negotiated placement, where you will be exposed to the role of the midwife in variety of settings providing a stimulus for reflection and further learning. You will participate in the provision of midwifery care in community, birth, and postnatal services, under the supervision of a Mentor; this will provide you with a diverse range of learning opportunities that will involve observation and participation in a wide variety of clinical situations. Formative feedback will provided by the mentor via learning logs and formally by a mid-placement review that is submitted and reviewed by your personal tutor. These opportunities will prepare and enable you to achieve the practice learning outcomes and progression criteria as specified by the NMC.

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 personal tutors will provide you with support to develop your academic and clinical skills.

In clinical practice, your mentor and Midwife Link Tutor (MLT) will guide and support you to identify your learning needs in order to support and prepare you to meet the specified practice learning outcomes that will be assessed at the end of each 6-week placement.

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. Identify and describe the relevant theory that underpins care practices through which midwives may promote normal healthy pregnancy, birth and puerperium.

2. Participate and discuss the care required to monitor the wellbeing of a woman and her fetus/neonate in pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Perform a variety of specified clinical skills safely and effectively.

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

4. Demonstrate and discuss the basic underpinning principles of ethical and professional midwifery care, in line with the NMC’s Code. This will include; confidentiality, consent, working collaboratively with women and the multi-disciplinary team, equity of access to midwifery care, fairness, respect and compassion.

How will I be assessed?


You will be given ongoing feedback from tutors during skills teaching and other activities in the module. During your first placement, you will develop a learning experience plan with your practice assessor. You will also use daily practice supervisor contact forms to record experience and receive feedback on your progress (MLO 1-4).

On placement in semester one and two, formative evaluation of your progress by your practice assessor is facilitated within the assessment process (MLO 2 & 3).

Peer review preparatory OSCE of a range of core clinical skills.


1. Semester 2 - 20 minutes (2 stations – 10mins each) Observed Simulated Clinical Skills Examination (OSCE) of skills to support breastfeeding (MLOs 2,3 ) Pass/Fail

2. Semester 1 & 2 – Indicative criteria for learning outcomes specific to each clincial area (community, birth and postnatal) will be identified as achieved by practice supervisors. Summative assessment of the practice outcomes by practice assessors, based on the NMC’s Essential Skills Clusters, practice supervisor feedback and EU skills records, to ensure you meet the NMC’s first progression point in semester 2 (MLOs 1-4) Pass/Fail.





Module abstract

Midwife means ‘with woman’; during this module you will start develop the knowledge and skills required to be the kind of compassionate midwife a woman wants, one who “ can combine clinical knowledge and skills with interpersonal and cultural competence” . You will learn to support, care and work in partnership with women through all aspects of the childbirth continuum. You will learn the underpinning theory that is essential for safe midwifery practice; working alongside a clinical midwife to develop your interpersonal skills as well as consolidating the clinical skills you simulated within the university setting. Northumbria University has United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Baby Friendly accreditation and during this module, you will learn the theory and skills to support and promote breast-feeding and close loving parent-infant relationships.

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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