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NPMS3031 Practice Experience 6 (P6)

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:

  • effectively in a professional manner
  • interact effectively within a team
  • collect and interpret information from a range of sources
  • identify key areas of need and choose appropriate tools/responses for their resolution in a considered manner
  • operate in situations of varying complexity and predictability requiring the application of a wide range of techniques
  • act autonomously, with minimal supervision or direction, 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 practise 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 work effectively in the inter-professional team.
  • Act as an advocate for women meeting the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Synthesize evidence to inform practice.
  • Successfully complete a Drugs Calculation test.
  • Achieve the required Professional 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)

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

Resources & Reading list

NMC (2009). Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education. 

• Access to the local maternity services and where appropriate, wider health and social care services, for theoretical and skills rehearsal • Computer suites x 2 for on line Drug Calculation tests • 2 x Clinical Skills Days with midwifery student P. 

NMC (2008). The Code: Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. 

Care Quality Commission (2010). Essential standards for quality and safety. 

NMC (2012). Midwives Rules and Standards. 

NMC (2010). Guidance on Conduct for Nursing and Midwifery Students. 

NMC (2009). Record Keeping: Guidance for Nurses and Midwives. 


Assessment Strategy

Electronic Assessment of Practice Document (EAoPP) You will have access to 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 P6 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. 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 P4 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 you and mentor following the assessment. If a refer is recorded, any learning needs must be documented and made explicit in the comments section.


Computer assisted assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
EAoPP NMC competencies 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Computer assisted assessment %
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 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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