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NPMS1022 Practice Experience 2 (P2)

Module Overview

The practice experience provides a work-based environment to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic module/s, and to develop, consolidate, and enhance the practice knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a midwife. Modular learning outcomes tested through a practice based assessment and specified essential skills must be achieved in each placement. Maximum capacity 40 balanced across MSc and BSc programmes subject to placement capacity and commissions. Current commissions from Health education Wessex are 23 between the Bachelors and Masters programmes There will be opportunities to work with the wider interprofessional /multiagency team within the local health and social care settings as agreed with educational commissioners (Health Education England (Wessex) and associated health and social care partner providers. It is your responsibility to seek out opportunities and arrange experiences, in negotiation with your practice mentor and/or academic tutor. A Research in Practice day will normally be programmed into the clinical allocation. This will provide you with the skills to consolidate /enhance your critical appraisal of the evidence and consider its application to practice. You will normally have two clinical skills days; one at the beginning of the placement period to ensure that you are updated with contemporary clinical issues and one at the end of the placement period to ensure evaluation, reflection and course/practice requirements are maintained. Successful completion of as assessment of drug calculations as a course requirement.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicates effectively with others appropriate to situation
  • communicates effectively in an appropriate format producing documentation that is safe, accurate, well organised and comprehensive
  • establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with the health care team
  • Act with limited autonomy under direction or supervision of a midwife within your own sphere of practice.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to engage with women and their families to build caring professional relationships
  • Use effective communication and interpersonal skills with clients, their families and the interprofessional team, always respecting professional boundaries
  • Demonstrate respect and dignity for clients and their families
  • Use a variety of formats to produce clear, concise and complete records, using appropriate professional language to document and monitor effectiveness of care, care whilst applying the principles of data protection
  • Describe and demonstrate application of the principles of confidentiality in professional practice
  • Demonstrate achievement of core Year 1 skills
  • Demonstrate achievement of drugs calculations test

Syllabus

Special Features

There will be opportunities to work with the wider interprofessional /multiagency team within the local health and social care settings as agreed with educational commissioners (Health Education England (Wessex) and associated health and social care partner providers. It is your responsibility to seek out opportunities and arrange experiences, in negotiation with your practice mentor and/or academic tutor. A Research in Practice day will normally be programmed into the clinical allocation. This will provide you with the skills to consolidate /enhance your critical appraisal of the evidence and consider its application to practice. You will normally have two clinical skills days; one at the beginning of the placement period to ensure that you are updated with contemporary clinical issues and one at the end of the placement period to ensure evaluation, reflection and course/practice requirements are maintained. Successful completion of as assessment of drug calculations as a course requirement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Practice experience is supported by direct supervision from mentors and other professionals although you have supernumerary status you are expected to be involved in direct care. Opportunities exist in each practice experience for you to arrange additional learning experiences to meet your learning needs • Application of research to practice workshops (normally 1 day per practice experience) • Clinical skills review and reflection seminars (normally 2 days per practice experience) • Blackboard • Academic support in practice; student and mentor progress review (2hours per student) • Clinical support from Practice Educator for student midwives • Online resources including Southampton.ac.uk/alps/, Drug calculation practice

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops15
Placement348.5
Completion of assessment task3
Supervised time in studio/workshop7.5
Completion of assessment task1
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Essential standards for quality and safety. 

The Definition and Principles of Interprofessional Education..

Midwives rules and standards. 

The Code: Standards of conduct performance and ethics for nurses and midwives. 

Standards for pre-registration midwifery education. 

Faculty of Health Sciences (2008). Absence reporting procedures. 

Guidance on conduct for nursing and midwifery students. 

• Access to the local Maternity Services as agreed with Education Commissioners and placement providers for theoretical and skills rehearsal • Computer suites x 2 for on line drug calculation tests • 2 x clinical skills days with midwifery student p. 

Faculty of Health Sciences (2009). Uniform Policy Southampton. 

Taylor, B. (2010). Reflective practice for healthcare professionals: a practical guide. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessment methods: Practice experience (P2) Assessment of drug calculations: compulsory assessment 100% pass rate is required Electronic Assessment of Practice Portfolio (EAoPP) You will have access to the EAoPP programme as will your mentor throughout the practice experience. This forms the basis of regular discussions of learning needs and also ensures records of achievement are completed regularly. Each practice experience requires an assessment. The assessment must be overseen by a qualified midwife mentor who holds sign off status. Sufficient time should be set aside to complete the assessment. Assessments should be carried out within the context of practice so that evidence of skills, attitudes and knowledge is captured. It may be appropriate to use a combination of assessment methods e.g. questioning and/or direct observation. Questioning allows the mentor to assess knowledge and attitudes, whilst observation measures accuracy of practice and level of autonomy. Interim review: Formative assessment As part of the assessment for the module, mentors will complete a formative (practice) assessment using P2 assessment. Results will be discussed with you at the time of completion to ensure timely feedback so that where identified, there are opportunities to improve prior to the summative assessment. Where learning needs are identified, feedback should be delivered with sensitivity and in a manner which will enhance learning. Learning needs should be made explicit in the comments section and should be written by both student and mentor following the assessment. Final Review: Summative assessment Near to the end of practice experience (or at least following a minimum of four weeks in one placement area) a summative assessment is completed of the P2 assessment: Results will be discussed with you at the time of completion to ensure timely feedback. Where learning needs are identified, feedback should be delivered with sensitivity and in a manner which will enhance learning. Comments should be written by both student and mentor following the assessment. If a fail is recorded, any learning needs must be documented and made explicit in the comments section. Assessment requirements You are required to achieve a pass within the Year 1 skills log core competencies sections which will be reviewed during practice experience 2a. Inability to achieve these outcomes will constitute a fail overall of Practice experience 2. Both components need to be passed for successful completion of this module. Failure in a single component requires re-sitting only that component.

Formative

Computer assisted assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
EAoPP NMC competencies 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Computer assisted assessment %
EAoPP NMC competencies %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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