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Are you a compassionate person who wants to ensure women have a safe and life-enhancing experience during their maternity care?

‘Mid Wif’ means ‘with woman’ and this has underpinned the relationship between midwives and pregnant people for hundreds of years.  The term ‘pregnant woman’ is commonly used across the world, and in evidence-based guidance for maternity care, to refer to all childbearing people. The MSc Midwifery Studies course has been developed to incorporate the changing context of childbearing and the future direction of midwifery practice, whilst drawing on the essential elements of midwifery.

The MSc has been designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), enabling you to apply for professional registration as a midwife in the UK upon successful completion of your degree. Building upon our successful BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies course, we will support you to develop the knowledge and skills of a competent midwife. However, the MSc will also develop your graduate capabilities further, enabling you to work at a higher academic level, with a greater focus on innovation, leadership and research skills.

You will leave the course as a confident graduate who is able to deliver high quality care to childbearing women, their babies and families. Not only this, you will also be equipped to take up exciting research and leadership roles, with competencies that will help you move into more specialist areas and support improvements in midwifery care.

Delivered partially in our clinical skills centre, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the midwifery practice. You will also undertake a wide range of clinical placements, with the option for specialist placements such as perinatal mental health, and the opportunity to provide continuity of carer.

Northumbria University is proud to be ranked 9th in Nursing & Midwifery education in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

Not yet a graduate? You may be interested in our BSc Midwifery Studies Programme, find out more here.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
3 years Full Time

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2022

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

Applicants should have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject, and also a science, social science or health subject at level 3 (A-Level or equivalent), prior to submitting their application.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in the written section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000



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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

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Health and Society (20 Credits)

As a midwife you will care for and support women, newborn infants, fathers and families from a diversity of backgrounds and with a broad spectrum of physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs. It is essential that you have a good understanding of the social context for childbearing and the nature of family diversity in the 21st century. In this module you will study a range of subjects which will support your development as an effective and compassionate practitioner.

The module will introduce epidemiological data on local, national, and international prevalence around health, perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality, to develop your knowledge and understanding. The concept of health will be explored to consider ill health, health inequality and the determinants of health. You will study the principles of public health, including the role of the midwife in promoting health and healthy lifestyle choices, and the different ways that information can be shared with women, partners and families, including the use of information technology and social media. Specific public and family health challenges such as obesity, alcohol, smoking and drug misuse will be explored alongside the impact of childbirth on long term health outcomes for women and neonates.

Your understanding of women’s health, sexuality and sexual health will be developed, so that you recognise their impact of women’s physical and emotional wellbeing, alongside the legal and ethical frameworks which underpin maternity care. You will begin to explore the nature of vulnerability, considering issues such as disability, safeguarding and discrimination, and how these contribute to differing health outcomes. Approaches to inclusive practice will be explored, considering other protected characteristics such as ethnicity, and the role of the midwife in ensuring anti-discriminatory practice. You will be supported to reflect on your personal values and cultural awareness.

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Universal and Additional Midwifery Care 1 (40 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the theories, models and concepts which underpin the provision of midwifery care. It is a year long module and is aligned to Midwifery Practice 1, to ensure the integration of theory and practice.

You will be introduced to the universal care provided by midwives to women, neonates, partners, fathers and families during the childbirth continuum. This will include principles of holistic assessment and screening, and the role of the midwife in providing information and support, for example about minor disorders and complications, lifestyle changes during pregnancy and the care needs of the newborn. You will learn about the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, how to care for a woman during labour and birth and the midwife’s role in providing care after the birth, including support for infant feeding and maternal/paternal-infant relationship building.

As a midwife you will also care for and support women, newborn infants and their families who require additional care and collaboration with interdisciplinary and multi-agency colleagues, whilst ensuring continuity and coordination of midwifery care. You will be involved in first line assessment and management of social, medical, obstetric, neonatal, and mental health complications. The module therefore introduces you to the range of knowledge and skills required to begin to recognise and care for women and their families with additional needs throughout the childbirth continuum. You will study a range of subjects to facilitate this learning and support your development as a safe and effective practitioner, complementing the provision of universal care.

Physiological adaptations will be explored, including female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology, changes during pregnancy, the process of labour and adaptations following birth. You will study the development of the embryo, fetus and placenta, as well as an overview of body systems, such as the cardiovascular and immune systems, and will be introduced to relevant genetics and genomics. You will begin to develop your knowledge of pathophysiology alongside this core knowledge, whilst considering how the midwife can optimise normal physiological processes for every woman and family.

Evidence based practice is central to the provision of midwifery care and the module will develop your ability to identify and use appropriate evidence to support your practice. Equally important will be the recognition of the diverse needs of women, partners and fathers, and all topics will be considered with reference to the professional expectations of compassion, respect and inclusivity, as described in The NMC Code and the NMC Future Midwife standards.

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Midwifery Practice 1 (40 Credits)

This module is the first of your programmed practice learning modules and enables you to gain a strong foundation to develop your clinical knowledge and skills towards becoming a ‘The Midwife as Skilled Practitioner’. This will enable you to support, care and work in partnership with women through all aspects of the childbirth continuum. The emphasis of your learning will be the underpinning theory and clinical skills that are essential for safe and effective midwifery care. To do this you will work alongside clinical midwives to develop your interpersonal skills, to understand professional midwifery practice in the clinical setting, as well as consolidating the clinical skills you simulated within the university setting.

You will experience the 24-hour/seven-day care provision during your clinical practice experiences, enabling you to develop an understanding of women, their babies and family’s needs. You will work in partnership with women (under supervision) to ensure a woman-centred approach to care. Throughout the module, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon your skills and personal development, as an individual and as a group. This will also include planning for placement including preparation for being supervised and assessed.

Safe practice is embedded in the module as you develop knowledge and skills such as infection control, life support, safe moving and handling techniques, and the management of medicines. Using case scenarios and reflection these will be applied to situations from your practice experience which include for example physiological birth, peri- operative care, surgical birth and neonatal care. Discussion will include an introduction to childbirth emergencies. Patient safety, human factors and safeguarding will also be introduced as you begin to consider the wider aspects of healthcare provision and how midwives contribute and communicate within this context. The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative standards will form an important part of the module too, in relation to infant feeding and early relationship building.

The theory and practice experiences you will encounter in this module will enable you to work towards the required NMC Standards of Proficiency for Midwives. A variety of skills will be taught on this module including venepuncture, safe management of medication (including drug calculations via SafeMedicate), injection techniques, infant feeding including breastfeeding (positioning, attachment and hand expression) and safe artificial feeding, abdominal palpation and fetal heart auscultation, examination of the newborn, vital observations, infection prevention, control and antimicrobial stewardship, and simulation of common labour and birth events. These taught skills enable you to rehearse the technical skill away from clinical learning and care provision so that you can have protected time for considering the theory and physiology that underpins these techniques. Opportunities for peer coaching will be available from across the midwifery programme to enhance learning experiences.

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Professional Practice in Midwifery (20 Credits)

The module will give you a strong foundation in understanding midwifery as a profession and understanding yourself as an aspiring professional. You will learn about the role of the midwife and the scope of midwifery practice, drawing on the history of the profession and exploring the NMC Code and NMC Future Midwife standards, as well as contemporary health and social care policy. Concepts such as consent, informed choice, raising concerns and confidentiality, capability and advocacy will be introduced, within the framework of The NMC Code, human rights, ethical concepts and UK Law. Professional accountability and autonomy will also be explored, alongside consideration of models of midwifery practice and collaborative working.

Reflection on personal values, attitudes and experiences and how these may impact on your developing professional practice and communication skills will be explored. Reflection on professional identity will be key to further exploration of self and the development of effective relationships with women, their families and other professional groups. There will also be exploration of social and other media as a form of communication and how these impact on midwifery practice.

Evidence based practice is central to the professional expectations of midwives. You will increase your understanding of the evidence that supports effective practice via discussion of research methodologies, methods and critical appraisal tools. You will engage with published research to enable application to midwifery practice including consideration of research ethics, consent, and service user involvement. You will consider policies and guidelines and how these are applied and understood by a range of stakeholders, including women and their families.

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Universal and Additional Midwifery Care 2 (40 Credits)

This module will develop your knowledge of the theories, models and concepts which underpin the provision of midwifery care. This is a year long module aligned to Midwifery Practice 2, reflecting the close connections between theory and practice.

Building on your learning from year one, you will develop and critique further knowledge around the physical, psychological and social care needs that may arise throughout the childbirth continuum. This will include evaluation of assessment and screening approaches and a critical review of midwifery practice in terms of optimising outcomes for women and infants. You will consolidate your knowledge of physiological processes in relation to the woman and fetus, and apply and analyse the implications of pathophysiology and additional care needs in the context of midwifery practice. The interdisciplinary roles of professionals and care pathways involved when additional care needs arise will be explored, with emphasis on the midwife’s role, to facilitate your development as a practitioner.

The module will analyse relevant epidemiological data and national reports, such as Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE), to identify significant additional care needs that may affect women, newborn infants and their families, and the subsequent implications for the midwife's role. Examples of these additional needs include:
• Pre-existing long term conditions, both physical and psychological, and their impact on pregnancy and birth
• Conditions arising during pregnancy
• Infection: microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and pharmokenetics
• Complications of labour and birth; compromise and deterioration
• Postnatal ill health, complexity in infant feeding and family-infant relationships

You will further develop skills in holistic and physical assessment methods to enable the recognition of deterioration, referral, and escalation, along with the role of the midwife in continuity and co-ordination of care, including advocacy for women and newborn infants with additional needs. Recognition of the diverse needs of women, babies, partners and fathers will be at the heart of the module, with reference to fundamental aspects of care: compassion, respect and inclusivity.

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Midwifery Practice 2 (30 Credits)

This module is the second of your programme's practice learning modules and enables you to build on your understanding of the physiological processes that you developed in year one. The theory and practice experiences you will encounter in this module will enable you to continue to work towards the required NMC Standards of Proficiency for Midwives.

In this module you will further your clinical knowledge and skills towards becoming ‘The Midwife as Skilled Practitioner’. This will enable you to support, care for and work in partnership with women through all aspects of the childbirth continuum, working to optimise normal physiological processes whilst having the skills to ulitise a focus on the ‘additional care skills’ that may be required within the maternity services and wider clinical settings. Building on existing knowledge of the normal physiology and the more common maladaptations to pregnancy, this module introduces you to emergency and high dependency scenarios within midwifery care. This is in keeping with the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care for all childbearing women and infants including those with complications. In addition, it addresses the Royal College of Anaesthetists' guidance for student midwives acquiring Enhanced Maternity Skills to prepare them for registration and to be able to provide appropriate care for women with complex needs; this contributes to enabling your programme to meet the EU directives around (a) recognising the warning signs of abnormality in the mother and taking emergency measures in the absence of a doctor and (b) carrying out treatment prescribed by doctors.

The emphasis of your learning will be to provide women-centred care in complex situations. For this you will need to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to human factors, patient safety, referral and decision-making, safeguarding, childbirth emergencies and develop your ability to recognise, diagnose and manage serious complications. 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 skills you need to demonstrate in practice. There will be opportunities for peer coaching and simulation to develop these new skills.

There will be further development of skills introduced in year 1 including perineal care, suturing and episiotomy, and new skills such as cannulation and the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) are introduced. Simulation is used to develop the technical skill aspect of these skills, including rehearsing of additional care skills, focusing on their utilisation in complex, urgent and multidisciplinary contexts. Safe practice is embedded in the module as you revisit skills such as infection control and the management of medicines using SafeMedicate, develop your medicines knowledge to support your practice where women need pharmacological treatment, and record keeping in emergency contexts. Using case scenarios and reflection these will be applied to situations from your practice experience which include, for example, emergency and high dependency situations within midwifery care, peri and post-operative care, surgical birth and neonatal care as well as experiences gained from outside the maternity settings.

Preparation for placement, including preparation for being supervised and assessed, will be included in the module, as will appropriate personal and group reflection on practice experiences. You will work alongside clinical midwives and other health and social care professionals to fully experience the wider scope of care provision for women and their families who may have additional care needs.

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Innovation in Midwifery Practice (20 Credits)

Building on the topics covered in year one, and on your clinical experience, the module will enhance your understanding of the diversity of midwifery roles and models of care, in particular those which facilitate continuity of care and carer. You will further develop the communication, leadership and critical thinking skills required to meet the Future Midwife Standards and contribute to delivery of the Better Births agenda and beyond.

With an emphasis on innovation and leadership, you will explore and analyse the evidence base which informs differing models of care, including continuity of carer, identifying opportunities and challenges. You will reflect on and critique the application of health policy within the maternity services, with a specific focus on the personalised care agenda and what this means for women and midwives. You will also consider health policy outside the UK and global maternal and neonatal health. Debates, such as about place of birth, will be developed with reflection on practice experience and the place of professional bias and advocacy in facilitating choice. Human rights and ethics which inform health care provision and how these are applied to informed choice, consent and shared decision making will be explored. Inclusive practice will be examined, and cultural awareness developed further to address inequalities in women’s experiences and outcomes. Perspectives on inequality such as critical theory and feminism will inform your learning.

The principles of leadership and innovation from a personal, professional, and organisational perspective will be discussed, with a focus on working with others and building effective working practices and relationships within and across professional boundaries. How organisations and individuals can manage change to improve the quality of services will also be explored, with a focus on collaborative models of stakeholder and service user engagement in leading, planning, evaluating and improving services.

The module will encourage you to think critically yet creatively, in a solution-focused way, about how to enhance care and women and families’ experience of it. This will require you to reflect on emotional intelligence and apply sociological and psychological theories to facilitate effective communication and relationship building. It will also include consideration of how to share information around health education and promotion, particularly with vulnerable or perceived disengaged or hard to reach client groups. These approaches will further develop your awareness of yourself as both innovator and communicator, and encourage you to build your capability through feedback and information sharing. This will feed into the module assessment, through an oral presentation to your peers of a proposal for practice innovation, which will form the basis of your dissertation project in year three.

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Midwifery Practice 3 (30 Credits)

This module enables you to demonstrate that you have met the clinical proficiencies required by the NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery education and can safely and effectively make the transition from student midwife to newly qualified midwifery registrant. This module represents the culmination of 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 adaptive role in leading and managing universal midwifery care for women and neonates and contributing additional midwifery care that is tailored to women’s individual circumstances and needs. In doing so you demonstrate increasing autonomy in your practice. Continuity opportunities are pivotal to your practice; these provide you with the opportunity to develop your practice and confidence and demonstrate that you have achieved the proficiencies required to become a midwife who can be ‘with woman’ on the childbearing continuum journey, however that journey evolves. Practice-based learning experience will provide opportunities for you to develop personal and professional resilience and the resources to support service transformation and change that the role of the midwife requires. For example, continuity experiences will contribute to your readiness to lead the universal care of the women and neonates, enabling you to develop the midwifery skills necessary to deliver universal screening processes and procedures, such as those described in the Antenatal Screening Programme, the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme and the Newborn Infant Screening Programme, including the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE); all Public Health England national screening programmes.

Safety is embedded within the module as you revisit skills such as team working, infection control, life support and the management of medicines, and apply your knowledge ‘in vivo’ to reduce risk whilst at the same time holding the experience of women and families central to your approach. 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, including in end of life care.

You will be signposted to revisit the theories and approaches explored throughout your programme and apply these to midwifery practice as you consolidate your academic, professional and scholarly 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 and your ability to work effectively as part of an interprofessional team. You will contribute towards supporting continuity opportunities, developing and rehearsing leadership skills as you work with healthcare colleagues, professionals and other student midwives. You will utilise service user and practice learning team feedback to evaluate your own care provision and feed this forward into your practice as a midwife, maximising the quality of experience and outcomes for women and strengthening your effectiveness as a colleague in maternity care. Your skills in midwifery leadership will be further consolidated during your leadership placement in this final year, and form a key element of the module assessment.

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Midwifery Practice 3 (Core,30 Credits)

This module enables you to demonstrate that you have met the clinical proficiencies required by the NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery education and can safely and effectively make the transition from student midwife to newly qualified midwifery registrant. This module represents the culmination of 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 adaptive role in leading and managing universal midwifery care for women and neonates and contributing additional midwifery care that is tailored to women’s individual circumstances and needs. In doing so you demonstrate increasing autonomy in your practice. Continuity opportunities are pivotal to your practice; these provide you with the opportunity to develop your practice and confidence and demonstrate that you have achieved the proficiencies required to become a midwife who can be ‘with woman’ on the childbearing continuum journey, however that journey evolves. Practice-based learning experience will provide opportunities for you to develop personal and professional resilience and the resources to support service transformation and change that the role of the midwife requires. For example, continuity experiences will contribute to your readiness to lead the universal care of the women and neonates, enabling you to develop the midwifery skills necessary to deliver universal screening processes and procedures, such as those described in the Antenatal Screening Programme, the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme and the Newborn Infant Screening Programme, including the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE); all Public Health England national screening programmes.

Safety is embedded within the module as you revisit skills such as team working, infection control, life support and the management of medicines, and apply your knowledge ‘in vivo’ to reduce risk whilst at the same time holding the experience of women and families central to your approach. 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, including in end of life care.

You will be signposted to revisit the theories and approaches explored throughout your programme and apply these to midwifery practice as you consolidate your academic, professional and scholarly 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 and your ability to work effectively as part of an interprofessional team. You will contribute towards supporting continuity opportunities, developing and rehearsing leadership skills as you work with healthcare colleagues, professionals and other student midwives. You will utilise service user and practice learning team feedback to evaluate your own care provision and feed this forward into your practice as a midwife, maximising the quality of experience and outcomes for women and strengthening your effectiveness as a colleague in maternity care. Your skills in midwifery leadership will be further consolidated during your leadership placement in this final year, and form a key element of the module assessment.

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Developing Midwifery Practice through Research (Core,60 Credits)

This module is the last of your programme modules which will develop you as a student and scholar, in line with the NMC Future Midwife Standards. It will build directly on the proficiencies outlined in Domain 5: promoting excellence: the midwife as colleague, scholar and leader.

You will have the opportunity to apply principles of partnership, collaboration and interdisciplinary working to research, and in particular to the development of a research idea. You will be encouraged to understand health legislation and current maternity care policies which influence health research and research priorities. You will be provided with the principles of health economics as an area of health research, and explore other areas and research methodologies. These will be used to inform a ‘capstone’ project, designed to explore an area of innovation in the provision of safe and effective woman-centred midwifery care, building on your proposals from the Innovation in Midwifery Practice (MW0717) module in year two of the programme. This is a year long module, providing the time to develop a research topic which reflects the complexities of providing physically, psychologically and emotionally competent care and support to women, infants and their families. You will have the opportunity to work alongside clinical research staff, who will assess and direct the development of your research skills. You will develop leadership skills around the embedding of research into clinical practice to inform change, and capability in the dissemination of research. The module will culminate in you presenting your project in both written and verbal forms, to your peers, academic and practice partners and other maternity stakeholders.

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Developing Midwifery Practice through Research (60 Credits)

This module is the last of your programme modules which will develop you as a student and scholar, in line with the NMC Future Midwife Standards. It will build directly on the proficiencies outlined in Domain 5: promoting excellence: the midwife as colleague, scholar and leader.

You will have the opportunity to apply principles of partnership, collaboration and interdisciplinary working to research, and in particular to the development of a research idea. You will be encouraged to understand health legislation and current maternity care policies which influence health research and research priorities. You will be provided with the principles of health economics as an area of health research, and explore other areas and research methodologies. These will be used to inform a ‘capstone’ project, designed to explore an area of innovation in the provision of safe and effective woman-centred midwifery care, building on your proposals from the Innovation in Midwifery Practice (MW0717) module in year two of the programme. This is a year long module, providing the time to develop a research topic which reflects the complexities of providing physically, psychologically and emotionally competent care and support to women, infants and their families. You will have the opportunity to work alongside clinical research staff, who will assess and direct the development of your research skills. You will develop leadership skills around the embedding of research into clinical practice to inform change, and capability in the dissemination of research. The module will culminate in you presenting your project in both written and verbal forms, to your peers, academic and practice partners and other maternity stakeholders.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

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Health and Society (20 Credits)

As a midwife you will care for and support women, newborn infants, fathers and families from a diversity of backgrounds and with a broad spectrum of physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs. It is essential that you have a good understanding of the social context for childbearing and the nature of family diversity in the 21st century. In this module you will study a range of subjects which will support your development as an effective and compassionate practitioner.

The module will introduce epidemiological data on local, national, and international prevalence around health, perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality, to develop your knowledge and understanding. The concept of health will be explored to consider ill health, health inequality and the determinants of health. You will study the principles of public health, including the role of the midwife in promoting health and healthy lifestyle choices, and the different ways that information can be shared with women, partners and families, including the use of information technology and social media. Specific public and family health challenges such as obesity, alcohol, smoking and drug misuse will be explored alongside the impact of childbirth on long term health outcomes for women and neonates.

Your understanding of women’s health, sexuality and sexual health will be developed, so that you recognise their impact of women’s physical and emotional wellbeing, alongside the legal and ethical frameworks which underpin maternity care. You will begin to explore the nature of vulnerability, considering issues such as disability, safeguarding and discrimination, and how these contribute to differing health outcomes. Approaches to inclusive practice will be explored, considering other protected characteristics such as ethnicity, and the role of the midwife in ensuring anti-discriminatory practice. You will be supported to reflect on your personal values and cultural awareness.

More information

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Universal and Additional Midwifery Care 1 (40 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the theories, models and concepts which underpin the provision of midwifery care. It is a year long module and is aligned to Midwifery Practice 1, to ensure the integration of theory and practice.

You will be introduced to the universal care provided by midwives to women, neonates, partners, fathers and families during the childbirth continuum. This will include principles of holistic assessment and screening, and the role of the midwife in providing information and support, for example about minor disorders and complications, lifestyle changes during pregnancy and the care needs of the newborn. You will learn about the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, how to care for a woman during labour and birth and the midwife’s role in providing care after the birth, including support for infant feeding and maternal/paternal-infant relationship building.

As a midwife you will also care for and support women, newborn infants and their families who require additional care and collaboration with interdisciplinary and multi-agency colleagues, whilst ensuring continuity and coordination of midwifery care. You will be involved in first line assessment and management of social, medical, obstetric, neonatal, and mental health complications. The module therefore introduces you to the range of knowledge and skills required to begin to recognise and care for women and their families with additional needs throughout the childbirth continuum. You will study a range of subjects to facilitate this learning and support your development as a safe and effective practitioner, complementing the provision of universal care.

Physiological adaptations will be explored, including female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology, changes during pregnancy, the process of labour and adaptations following birth. You will study the development of the embryo, fetus and placenta, as well as an overview of body systems, such as the cardiovascular and immune systems, and will be introduced to relevant genetics and genomics. You will begin to develop your knowledge of pathophysiology alongside this core knowledge, whilst considering how the midwife can optimise normal physiological processes for every woman and family.

Evidence based practice is central to the provision of midwifery care and the module will develop your ability to identify and use appropriate evidence to support your practice. Equally important will be the recognition of the diverse needs of women, partners and fathers, and all topics will be considered with reference to the professional expectations of compassion, respect and inclusivity, as described in The NMC Code and the NMC Future Midwife standards.

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Midwifery Practice 1 (40 Credits)

This module is the first of your programmed practice learning modules and enables you to gain a strong foundation to develop your clinical knowledge and skills towards becoming a ‘The Midwife as Skilled Practitioner’. This will enable you to support, care and work in partnership with women through all aspects of the childbirth continuum. The emphasis of your learning will be the underpinning theory and clinical skills that are essential for safe and effective midwifery care. To do this you will work alongside clinical midwives to develop your interpersonal skills, to understand professional midwifery practice in the clinical setting, as well as consolidating the clinical skills you simulated within the university setting.

You will experience the 24-hour/seven-day care provision during your clinical practice experiences, enabling you to develop an understanding of women, their babies and family’s needs. You will work in partnership with women (under supervision) to ensure a woman-centred approach to care. Throughout the module, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon your skills and personal development, as an individual and as a group. This will also include planning for placement including preparation for being supervised and assessed.

Safe practice is embedded in the module as you develop knowledge and skills such as infection control, life support, safe moving and handling techniques, and the management of medicines. Using case scenarios and reflection these will be applied to situations from your practice experience which include for example physiological birth, peri- operative care, surgical birth and neonatal care. Discussion will include an introduction to childbirth emergencies. Patient safety, human factors and safeguarding will also be introduced as you begin to consider the wider aspects of healthcare provision and how midwives contribute and communicate within this context. The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative standards will form an important part of the module too, in relation to infant feeding and early relationship building.

The theory and practice experiences you will encounter in this module will enable you to work towards the required NMC Standards of Proficiency for Midwives. A variety of skills will be taught on this module including venepuncture, safe management of medication (including drug calculations via SafeMedicate), injection techniques, infant feeding including breastfeeding (positioning, attachment and hand expression) and safe artificial feeding, abdominal palpation and fetal heart auscultation, examination of the newborn, vital observations, infection prevention, control and antimicrobial stewardship, and simulation of common labour and birth events. These taught skills enable you to rehearse the technical skill away from clinical learning and care provision so that you can have protected time for considering the theory and physiology that underpins these techniques. Opportunities for peer coaching will be available from across the midwifery programme to enhance learning experiences.

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Professional Practice in Midwifery (20 Credits)

The module will give you a strong foundation in understanding midwifery as a profession and understanding yourself as an aspiring professional. You will learn about the role of the midwife and the scope of midwifery practice, drawing on the history of the profession and exploring the NMC Code and NMC Future Midwife standards, as well as contemporary health and social care policy. Concepts such as consent, informed choice, raising concerns and confidentiality, capability and advocacy will be introduced, within the framework of The NMC Code, human rights, ethical concepts and UK Law. Professional accountability and autonomy will also be explored, alongside consideration of models of midwifery practice and collaborative working.

Reflection on personal values, attitudes and experiences and how these may impact on your developing professional practice and communication skills will be explored. Reflection on professional identity will be key to further exploration of self and the development of effective relationships with women, their families and other professional groups. There will also be exploration of social and other media as a form of communication and how these impact on midwifery practice.

Evidence based practice is central to the professional expectations of midwives. You will increase your understanding of the evidence that supports effective practice via discussion of research methodologies, methods and critical appraisal tools. You will engage with published research to enable application to midwifery practice including consideration of research ethics, consent, and service user involvement. You will consider policies and guidelines and how these are applied and understood by a range of stakeholders, including women and their families.

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Universal and Additional Midwifery Care 2 (40 Credits)

This module will develop your knowledge of the theories, models and concepts which underpin the provision of midwifery care. This is a year long module aligned to Midwifery Practice 2, reflecting the close connections between theory and practice.

Building on your learning from year one, you will develop and critique further knowledge around the physical, psychological and social care needs that may arise throughout the childbirth continuum. This will include evaluation of assessment and screening approaches and a critical review of midwifery practice in terms of optimising outcomes for women and infants. You will consolidate your knowledge of physiological processes in relation to the woman and fetus, and apply and analyse the implications of pathophysiology and additional care needs in the context of midwifery practice. The interdisciplinary roles of professionals and care pathways involved when additional care needs arise will be explored, with emphasis on the midwife’s role, to facilitate your development as a practitioner.

The module will analyse relevant epidemiological data and national reports, such as Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE), to identify significant additional care needs that may affect women, newborn infants and their families, and the subsequent implications for the midwife's role. Examples of these additional needs include:
• Pre-existing long term conditions, both physical and psychological, and their impact on pregnancy and birth
• Conditions arising during pregnancy
• Infection: microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and pharmokenetics
• Complications of labour and birth; compromise and deterioration
• Postnatal ill health, complexity in infant feeding and family-infant relationships

You will further develop skills in holistic and physical assessment methods to enable the recognition of deterioration, referral, and escalation, along with the role of the midwife in continuity and co-ordination of care, including advocacy for women and newborn infants with additional needs. Recognition of the diverse needs of women, babies, partners and fathers will be at the heart of the module, with reference to fundamental aspects of care: compassion, respect and inclusivity.

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Midwifery Practice 2 (30 Credits)

This module is the second of your programme's practice learning modules and enables you to build on your understanding of the physiological processes that you developed in year one. The theory and practice experiences you will encounter in this module will enable you to continue to work towards the required NMC Standards of Proficiency for Midwives.

In this module you will further your clinical knowledge and skills towards becoming ‘The Midwife as Skilled Practitioner’. This will enable you to support, care for and work in partnership with women through all aspects of the childbirth continuum, working to optimise normal physiological processes whilst having the skills to ulitise a focus on the ‘additional care skills’ that may be required within the maternity services and wider clinical settings. Building on existing knowledge of the normal physiology and the more common maladaptations to pregnancy, this module introduces you to emergency and high dependency scenarios within midwifery care. This is in keeping with the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care for all childbearing women and infants including those with complications. In addition, it addresses the Royal College of Anaesthetists' guidance for student midwives acquiring Enhanced Maternity Skills to prepare them for registration and to be able to provide appropriate care for women with complex needs; this contributes to enabling your programme to meet the EU directives around (a) recognising the warning signs of abnormality in the mother and taking emergency measures in the absence of a doctor and (b) carrying out treatment prescribed by doctors.

The emphasis of your learning will be to provide women-centred care in complex situations. For this you will need to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to human factors, patient safety, referral and decision-making, safeguarding, childbirth emergencies and develop your ability to recognise, diagnose and manage serious complications. 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 skills you need to demonstrate in practice. There will be opportunities for peer coaching and simulation to develop these new skills.

There will be further development of skills introduced in year 1 including perineal care, suturing and episiotomy, and new skills such as cannulation and the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) are introduced. Simulation is used to develop the technical skill aspect of these skills, including rehearsing of additional care skills, focusing on their utilisation in complex, urgent and multidisciplinary contexts. Safe practice is embedded in the module as you revisit skills such as infection control and the management of medicines using SafeMedicate, develop your medicines knowledge to support your practice where women need pharmacological treatment, and record keeping in emergency contexts. Using case scenarios and reflection these will be applied to situations from your practice experience which include, for example, emergency and high dependency situations within midwifery care, peri and post-operative care, surgical birth and neonatal care as well as experiences gained from outside the maternity settings.

Preparation for placement, including preparation for being supervised and assessed, will be included in the module, as will appropriate personal and group reflection on practice experiences. You will work alongside clinical midwives and other health and social care professionals to fully experience the wider scope of care provision for women and their families who may have additional care needs.

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Innovation in Midwifery Practice (20 Credits)

Building on the topics covered in year one, and on your clinical experience, the module will enhance your understanding of the diversity of midwifery roles and models of care, in particular those which facilitate continuity of care and carer. You will further develop the communication, leadership and critical thinking skills required to meet the Future Midwife Standards and contribute to delivery of the Better Births agenda and beyond.

With an emphasis on innovation and leadership, you will explore and analyse the evidence base which informs differing models of care, including continuity of carer, identifying opportunities and challenges. You will reflect on and critique the application of health policy within the maternity services, with a specific focus on the personalised care agenda and what this means for women and midwives. You will also consider health policy outside the UK and global maternal and neonatal health. Debates, such as about place of birth, will be developed with reflection on practice experience and the place of professional bias and advocacy in facilitating choice. Human rights and ethics which inform health care provision and how these are applied to informed choice, consent and shared decision making will be explored. Inclusive practice will be examined, and cultural awareness developed further to address inequalities in women’s experiences and outcomes. Perspectives on inequality such as critical theory and feminism will inform your learning.

The principles of leadership and innovation from a personal, professional, and organisational perspective will be discussed, with a focus on working with others and building effective working practices and relationships within and across professional boundaries. How organisations and individuals can manage change to improve the quality of services will also be explored, with a focus on collaborative models of stakeholder and service user engagement in leading, planning, evaluating and improving services.

The module will encourage you to think critically yet creatively, in a solution-focused way, about how to enhance care and women and families’ experience of it. This will require you to reflect on emotional intelligence and apply sociological and psychological theories to facilitate effective communication and relationship building. It will also include consideration of how to share information around health education and promotion, particularly with vulnerable or perceived disengaged or hard to reach client groups. These approaches will further develop your awareness of yourself as both innovator and communicator, and encourage you to build your capability through feedback and information sharing. This will feed into the module assessment, through an oral presentation to your peers of a proposal for practice innovation, which will form the basis of your dissertation project in year three.

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Midwifery Practice 3 (30 Credits)

This module enables you to demonstrate that you have met the clinical proficiencies required by the NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery education and can safely and effectively make the transition from student midwife to newly qualified midwifery registrant. This module represents the culmination of 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 adaptive role in leading and managing universal midwifery care for women and neonates and contributing additional midwifery care that is tailored to women’s individual circumstances and needs. In doing so you demonstrate increasing autonomy in your practice. Continuity opportunities are pivotal to your practice; these provide you with the opportunity to develop your practice and confidence and demonstrate that you have achieved the proficiencies required to become a midwife who can be ‘with woman’ on the childbearing continuum journey, however that journey evolves. Practice-based learning experience will provide opportunities for you to develop personal and professional resilience and the resources to support service transformation and change that the role of the midwife requires. For example, continuity experiences will contribute to your readiness to lead the universal care of the women and neonates, enabling you to develop the midwifery skills necessary to deliver universal screening processes and procedures, such as those described in the Antenatal Screening Programme, the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme and the Newborn Infant Screening Programme, including the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE); all Public Health England national screening programmes.

Safety is embedded within the module as you revisit skills such as team working, infection control, life support and the management of medicines, and apply your knowledge ‘in vivo’ to reduce risk whilst at the same time holding the experience of women and families central to your approach. 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, including in end of life care.

You will be signposted to revisit the theories and approaches explored throughout your programme and apply these to midwifery practice as you consolidate your academic, professional and scholarly 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 and your ability to work effectively as part of an interprofessional team. You will contribute towards supporting continuity opportunities, developing and rehearsing leadership skills as you work with healthcare colleagues, professionals and other student midwives. You will utilise service user and practice learning team feedback to evaluate your own care provision and feed this forward into your practice as a midwife, maximising the quality of experience and outcomes for women and strengthening your effectiveness as a colleague in maternity care. Your skills in midwifery leadership will be further consolidated during your leadership placement in this final year, and form a key element of the module assessment.

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Midwifery Practice 3 (Core,30 Credits)

This module enables you to demonstrate that you have met the clinical proficiencies required by the NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery education and can safely and effectively make the transition from student midwife to newly qualified midwifery registrant. This module represents the culmination of 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 adaptive role in leading and managing universal midwifery care for women and neonates and contributing additional midwifery care that is tailored to women’s individual circumstances and needs. In doing so you demonstrate increasing autonomy in your practice. Continuity opportunities are pivotal to your practice; these provide you with the opportunity to develop your practice and confidence and demonstrate that you have achieved the proficiencies required to become a midwife who can be ‘with woman’ on the childbearing continuum journey, however that journey evolves. Practice-based learning experience will provide opportunities for you to develop personal and professional resilience and the resources to support service transformation and change that the role of the midwife requires. For example, continuity experiences will contribute to your readiness to lead the universal care of the women and neonates, enabling you to develop the midwifery skills necessary to deliver universal screening processes and procedures, such as those described in the Antenatal Screening Programme, the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme and the Newborn Infant Screening Programme, including the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE); all Public Health England national screening programmes.

Safety is embedded within the module as you revisit skills such as team working, infection control, life support and the management of medicines, and apply your knowledge ‘in vivo’ to reduce risk whilst at the same time holding the experience of women and families central to your approach. 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, including in end of life care.

You will be signposted to revisit the theories and approaches explored throughout your programme and apply these to midwifery practice as you consolidate your academic, professional and scholarly 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 and your ability to work effectively as part of an interprofessional team. You will contribute towards supporting continuity opportunities, developing and rehearsing leadership skills as you work with healthcare colleagues, professionals and other student midwives. You will utilise service user and practice learning team feedback to evaluate your own care provision and feed this forward into your practice as a midwife, maximising the quality of experience and outcomes for women and strengthening your effectiveness as a colleague in maternity care. Your skills in midwifery leadership will be further consolidated during your leadership placement in this final year, and form a key element of the module assessment.

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Developing Midwifery Practice through Research (Core,60 Credits)

This module is the last of your programme modules which will develop you as a student and scholar, in line with the NMC Future Midwife Standards. It will build directly on the proficiencies outlined in Domain 5: promoting excellence: the midwife as colleague, scholar and leader.

You will have the opportunity to apply principles of partnership, collaboration and interdisciplinary working to research, and in particular to the development of a research idea. You will be encouraged to understand health legislation and current maternity care policies which influence health research and research priorities. You will be provided with the principles of health economics as an area of health research, and explore other areas and research methodologies. These will be used to inform a ‘capstone’ project, designed to explore an area of innovation in the provision of safe and effective woman-centred midwifery care, building on your proposals from the Innovation in Midwifery Practice (MW0717) module in year two of the programme. This is a year long module, providing the time to develop a research topic which reflects the complexities of providing physically, psychologically and emotionally competent care and support to women, infants and their families. You will have the opportunity to work alongside clinical research staff, who will assess and direct the development of your research skills. You will develop leadership skills around the embedding of research into clinical practice to inform change, and capability in the dissemination of research. The module will culminate in you presenting your project in both written and verbal forms, to your peers, academic and practice partners and other maternity stakeholders.

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Developing Midwifery Practice through Research (60 Credits)

This module is the last of your programme modules which will develop you as a student and scholar, in line with the NMC Future Midwife Standards. It will build directly on the proficiencies outlined in Domain 5: promoting excellence: the midwife as colleague, scholar and leader.

You will have the opportunity to apply principles of partnership, collaboration and interdisciplinary working to research, and in particular to the development of a research idea. You will be encouraged to understand health legislation and current maternity care policies which influence health research and research priorities. You will be provided with the principles of health economics as an area of health research, and explore other areas and research methodologies. These will be used to inform a ‘capstone’ project, designed to explore an area of innovation in the provision of safe and effective woman-centred midwifery care, building on your proposals from the Innovation in Midwifery Practice (MW0717) module in year two of the programme. This is a year long module, providing the time to develop a research topic which reflects the complexities of providing physically, psychologically and emotionally competent care and support to women, infants and their families. You will have the opportunity to work alongside clinical research staff, who will assess and direct the development of your research skills. You will develop leadership skills around the embedding of research into clinical practice to inform change, and capability in the dissemination of research. The module will culminate in you presenting your project in both written and verbal forms, to your peers, academic and practice partners and other maternity stakeholders.

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