MW0624 - Essential Skills:Transition to Midwifery Practice

What will I learn on this module?

This module enables you to demonstrate that you have experienced the range and volume of clinical learning that is required by the NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery education and can safely and effectively perform the competencies required of a midwife at the point of joining the NMC register. The module enables you to complete progression in the Essential Skills Clusters and consolidate your learning in relation to the five practice categories set out in the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) . The emphasis of your learning will be your role in leading and managing care tailored to women’s individual circumstances and needs, as you demonstrate increasing autonomy in your practice. Caseload midwifery is a key focus in your practice learning; this will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate these skills as you provide care and support to a group of women from early in their pregnancy throughout the antenatal period, during labour and birth and then into the postnatal period until care by the midwife is complete.

Safe practice is embedded within the module as you revisit skills such as infection control, life support and the management of medicines. Using case scenarios and reflection, you will apply these skills to situations from your practice experience, for example, safety in childbirth and protection of normal processes. The expectations of professional practice and the NMC Code will be consolidated, for example, in relation to the concept of advocacy where you would effectively apply the NMC Code to the protection of vulnerable children and adults.

You will be signposted to revisit the theories and approaches explored in years 1&2 of your programme and apply these to midwifery practice as you consolidate your academic and professional skills. The module provides a conduit for the integration of new theoretical knowledge gained throughout Year 3 into the clinical environment and into your emerging personal style of midwifery practice, ready for your registration as a midwife. These areas of practice require that you are able to understand and work effectively across professional boundaries, recognising the impact of the context of care provision upon the personal and professional skills you need to demonstrate in practice.

You will be encouraged to address key concepts including transformational leadership skills, your ability to work effectively as part of an interprofessional team, demonstrating leadership by taking the lead to ensure best practice. To help you consolidate those skills, you will utilise service user feedback to evaluate care provision and feed this forward into your practice as a midwife, maximising the quality of experience and outcomes for women.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through practice learning, independent learning, peer-assisted learning, interprofessional learning, buddy online groups, simulation and e-learning and lectures. You will undertake self- assessment of your own needs for the achievement of competence as a midwife; the content you identify will act as triggers for you to explore relevant theory and develop the evidence base which supports assessment of your competence. We are mindful that you will have a range of preferences for student-led and group work, but we do expect you all to thoroughly prepare for and participate in these sessions.

Practice learning will be provided by clinical colleagues; those assessing your learning have undertaken appropriate post-registration preparation in order to make robust assessment of practice outcomes. You will be required to undertake 24/7 care to support women who your agreed to support on a ‘caseload basis’. This practice-based experience will provide replica opportunities for you to develop personal and professional resilience and resources to support service transformation and change that the role of the midwife requires.

Tutors will support you to explore contemporary debates by directing you to work together to consider the key issues facing women and midwives and to critically engage with research outputs. You will be supported by tutors and extensive online support to enable you to participate in the University’s commitment to technology enhanced learning, resulting in you having the skills to present your opinions and viewpoint across a variety of media and techniques.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by your peer group of students who will give you informal feedback and formative feedback as you participate in the learning activities. The practice learning team including sign-off mentors, will give informal formative feedback throughout the year. You will also receive formal formative feedback, usually in action planning cycles, as you undertake the module.

The University’s e-Learning Portal offers remote access to learning materials used by tutors and signposts you to a range of resources that complement and reinforce face-to-face learning. In addition, the module team will provide group tutorials at relevant points in the year, and respond to questions via the eLearning Portal so that 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 critique and convey your knowledge and understanding across the essential skills clusters for midwifery practice.
2. You will relate appropriate knowledge to demonstrate your engagement with the theories and perspectives that are currently the subject of professional debate within midwifery practice.
3. You will integrate your knowledge and understanding of the determinants of health and health inequalities in the provision of seamless care for all childbearing women.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. You will demonstrate completion of the minimum requirements, skills and attributes required for final progression to registration.
5. You will critically appraise the evidence base underpinning safe, effective and appropriate care as the lead professional for a small caseload of women.
6. You will critically analyse your own contribution to midwifery care in relation to decision-making and transformational leadership.
7. You will appraise your own contribution to maternity care considering the impact of role boundaries on the provision of quality care.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
8. You will consistently demonstrate kindness, compassion and advocacy for the women and families in your care.
9. You will display the requirements of the NMC Code and adhere to the legal and ethical frameworks related to the registered midwife as you consider the challenges arising in contemporary maternity care, reflecting on the link to your own values.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:

Informal formative assessment through peer and tutor feedback throughout the module and practice learning.

Formal formative assessment at the end of each placement through a placement assessment summary.
MLO’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Summative assessment 1: 100%

Assessment will be a tripartite e-portfolio in which you will justify to your practice mentor and midwife teacher your readiness to apply for registration as a midwife and carry acaseload of women. This is underpinned by achievement of your practice outcomes.
MLO 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Summative assessment 2: Pass/fail

Practice evidence that the NMC range, volume and time requirements and EC requirements for the practical and clinical aspects of midwifery programmes have been achieved.
MLO 4.





Module abstract

This exciting final year module will support you in consolidating theory and contemporary practice, ready for your professional career in midwifery. Practice learning focuses upon increasing autonomy by enabling you to be the lead professional (under supervision) for a small caseload of women and honing skills as you develop your own personal style to deliver safe and effective midwifery practice. The module will be assessed through a tripartite review of practice performance in which you utilise your caseload experience and practice learning achievements to demonstrate how you meet the module learning outcomes and your readiness to join the NMC register as a midwife.

Course info

UCAS Code B720

Credits 40

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.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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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