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NPMS3030 Practice Experience 5 (P5)

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 BSc and MSc programmes subject to placement capacity and commissions. Current commissions from Health education Wessex are 23 between the Bachelors and Masters programmes

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicates effectively in a professional manner
  • 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
  • acts with increasing autonomy, takes responsibility for planning and delivery of care with minimum direction and within sphere of practice.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate best midwifery practice by working in partnership with women, their families and other professionals
  • Critically reflect and practice in a manner which promotes the rights of the individual
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate safely and effectively with women and families
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and work within and across the interprofessional team
  • Act as an advocate for women meeting the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Synthesize evidence to inform practice
  • Demonstrate achievement of core competencies


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. 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.

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/online resources • Academic support in practice student and mentor progress review (2 hours per student)

Practical classes and workshops15
Completion of assessment task5
Supervised time in studio/workshop7.5
Total study time377

Resources & Reading list

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

The Definition and Principles of Interprofessional Education..

Midwives Rules and Standards. 

• Access to the local maternity services, and where 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 researc. 

Record Keeping: Guidance for Nurses and Midwives. 

Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education. 

Guidance on Conduct for Nursing and Midwifery Students. 

Assessment and Learning in Practice.

Care Quality Commission (2010). Essential Standards for Quality and Safety. 


Assessment Strategy

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 P5 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. Learning targets should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART). 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 P5 experience: 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.


EAoPP skills competencies


MethodPercentage contribution
EAoPP NMC competencies 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
EAoPP NMC competencies %

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 work 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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