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NPMS1020 Practice Experience 1 (P1)

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.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate regular, punctual attendance and have knowledge of, or show application of organisational procedures for reporting absence from practice
  • Promote a professional image in behaviour and appearance
  • Demonstrate adherence to organisational requirements for hygiene, uniform and dress code in order to limit, prevent and control infection
  • Recognise and work within limitations of your knowledge, skills and professional boundaries
  • Demonstrate the need for effective communication throughout the childbearing process and across the Midwifery and interprofessional team
  • Demonstrate, under supervision, safe midwifery care which meets the essential needs of women and their families


Nursing and Midwifery Council Pre-registration Standards EU Requirements School and programme requirements Programme threads are linked throughout and include: - Baby Friendly principles - Medicines management - Mental health and well-being - Values Based Journey

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

- Practice experience is supported by direct supervision from midwifery assessors/supervisors 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) - Reflection seminar (1 days per practice experience) - Blackboard resources - Online resources including School website at - Academic support in practice, student and midwifery assessors/supervisors progress review covering a range of shift patterns across a 24 hour period Monday to Sunday inclusive

Completion of assessment task3
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Assessment and Learning in Practice.

Guidance on using social media responsibly.

The Code.

Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education.


Assessment Strategy

Electronic Assessment of Practice Document (EAoPP) You will have access to EAoPP programme as will your midwifery assessors/supervisors 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 assessor/supervisor. 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 midwifery assessors/supervisors 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, midwifery assessors/supervisors will complete a formative (practice) assessment using PE1 assessment criteria. 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 midwifery assessors/supervisors 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 P1 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 midwifery assessors/supervisors following the assessment. If a refer is recorded, any learning needs must be documented and made explicit in the comments section. This will be undertaken in tandem with your personal academic tutor. Summary of assessment methods Assessment requirements You are required to achieve a pass in the following core competencies: - Practises in accordance with The Code (NMC 2015) - Understands the need to practice in a way which respects, promotes and supports individual rights, interests, preferences, beliefs and cultures - Aware of the need for effective communication throughout the pre-conception, antenatal, intrapartum and post natal periods - Maintains confidentiality of information Inability to achieve these outcomes will constitute a referral overall. On achievement of PE1 competencies, a Grading in Practice assessment will be completed by you and your midwifery assessors/supervisors. The percentage grade, awarded by your midwifery assessors/supervisors (40-100%), will contribute to your overall award outcome.


EAoPP to collate EU and Course requirements


MethodPercentage contribution
EAoPP NMC competencies 100%


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:

Accommodation and Travel

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


You will be supplied with a uniform, but will need to provide your own clinical shoes, in line with the Faculty uniform policy.

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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