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NPMS3034 Autonomous midwifery practice with case-load experience

Module Overview

This module comprises 50% theory and 50% clinical practice. Theoretical component: The theoretical component will include a week of learning activities associated with decision-making followed by interactive sessions that build into transition to becoming a practising midwife. You will receive a 1-1 record-keeping audit by a supervisor of midwives to integrate you into the statutory supervision received as a qualified midwife. Practice component: You will be required to complete five caseload experiences throughout the third year. This will be introduced mid second year to allow time for planning and risk assessing. There is a risk assessment caseload document that needs completing per caseload. Each caseload will require a user feedback evaluation, This will be something that you will incorporate within a written reflection and add to your portfolio of evidence that will support future first post interviews.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to consolidate and enhance the knowledge and skills required for contemporary midwifery practice.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role and importance of contemporaneous records
  • Critically analyse programmes of care demonstrating modifications for the improvements of outcomes for women, babies and their families
  • Demonstrate and evaluate safe practice within the limitations of the individual’s own competence, knowledge and sphere of professional practice, consistent with the legislation relating to midwifery practice
  • Critically appraise the diagnostic and decision making skills required for the safe assessment, planning and delivery of care for a woman with complex health care needs during childbirth
  • Recognise and critically appraise within maternity services, the value of the patient voice.

Syllabus

Decision making theories Risk assessment and management Clinical audit – including CQC and NHSLA Regulatory requirements Transition Planning care in partnership including capacity Patient voice Working in partnership Development of the role of autonomous practitioner Enhancing the decision making and risk assessment skills required for autonomous contemporary practice Fitness to practice and professional self-regulation Duty of care The role of Supervision in Midwifery Accountability Understanding self Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - Statutory requirements. Reflective practice relevant to CPD Risk management and human error Case load experience in practice Suturing practical skill

Special Features

A caseload experience of a minimum of five women is expected as a course requirement. For each caseload experience, you will be required to collect a patient voice feedback sheet, which will be used within an in-depth reflection of each caseload experience. This module therefore links with the practice experience modules 5 and 6 for caseload exposure. You will be required to attend a record-keeping audit with a supervisor of midwives as a course requirement. The purpose of undertaking this audit is to identify key personal learning objectives to enhance care/documentation practice and to begin to engage in a statutory supervisory framework. You will be expected to engage in clinical audit, such as the NHSLA, to consider how practice is monitored, evaluated and enhanced at a service and individual level.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Group work Case-load practice Self directed study Audit Film

TypeHours
Seminar8
Placement Hours93.75
Work based learning2
Demonstration3
Completion of assessment task36.75
Tutorial6
Independent Study23
Wider reading or practice16
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Lecture11
Total study time209.5

Resources & Reading list

Department of Health (2010) Midwifery 2020 – Delivering Expectations.

Standing, M. Clinical judgement and decision-making in nursing and interprofessional healthcare. 

Thompson, C and Dowding, D (2009). Essential decision making and clinical judgement for nurses. 

Raynor, M., Marshall, J. Sullivan, A. (2005). Decision-Making in Midwifery Practice. 

Jacob, S and Lavender, T (2008). An essential guide for student midwives: Preparing for professional practice. 

Tingle, J and Bark, P (2011). Patient safety, Law policy and Practice. 

Kahneman, D (2011). Thinking fast and slow. 

Assessment

Formative

Case review and plan

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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