The University of Southampton

NPMS2036 Practice Experience 4a (P4a)

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. This is a core module for attendance and the completion of required skills and EU and programme requirements. This module is not assessed. It is a course requirement to meet the NMC requirements of 45 programmed weeks per year with a minimum of 50% in clinical practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the maintenance of professional behaviour as outlined in the NMC competencies of P3 and P4
  • Demonstrate attendance in clinical practice to meet the minimum requirement of clinical hours
  • Work towards the completion of EU and programme requirements
  • Complete the skills required for year 2 completion


Special Features

There will be opportunities to work with the wider inter-professional /multi-agency 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.

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 (1 day per practice experience) • Clinical Review and Reflection seminars (2 days per practice experience) • Blackboard • Academic support in practice student and mentor progress review (2 hours per student) • Online resources including

Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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

NMC (2010). Guidance on conduct for nursing and midwifery students. 

The Definition and Principles of Interprofessional Education..

NMC (2012). Midwives rules and standards. 

• Access to local maternity services and appropriate wider health and social care services for theoretical and skills rehearsal • 2 x Clinical Skills Days with midwifery student Practice Educator • 1x Research in Practice day with researcher • Me. 

NMC (2009). Standards for pre-registration midwifery education. 

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

NMC (2008). The Code: Standards of conduct performance and ethics for nurses and midwives. 

Essential standards for quality and safety. 

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


Assessment Strategy

This is a pass / fail for attendance and professional behaviour


Completion of skills at required level


MethodPercentage contribution
Completion of skills at required level %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

You will need to find your own means of travel to from and within work for work related activity.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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