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NPMS1020 Practice Experience 1 (P1)

Module Overview

The practice, work-based experience will enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic module/s. Modular learning outcomes must be achieved in each placement. These will be demonstrated through a practice based assessment. Some of these learning outcomes will be core competencies and will be tested in each subsequent practice experience. Maximum capacity 40 balanced across MSc and BSc programmes subject to placement capacity and commissions. Current commissions from Health education Wessex are 23 between the Bachelors and Masters programmes

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Please see the module overview below.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with others appropriate to situation
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a group and meet professional expectations of mentor and others
  • Evaluate own strengths and weaknesses
  • Evaluate own strengths and weaknesses
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


See module overview.

Special Features

There will be opportunities to work with the interprofessional /multi-agency team within the maternity services and the wider team across the health and social care services. Your mentor will give you guidance as to who you can contact and arrange contact details. It is your responsibility to organise the experiences. A Research in Practice day will normally be programmed into the clinical allocation. This will provide you with opportunities to develop/enhance the skills of critical appraisal of the evidence underpinning midwifery practice to inform practice. 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 skills review and reflection seminars (2 days per practice experience) • Blackboard • Online resources including alps website • Academic support in practice, student and mentor progress review (2hours per student) • Clinical support from Practice Educator for student midwives

Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

The Definition and Principles of Interprofessional Education..

• Access to the local Maternity Services for theoretical and skills rehearsal • Access to Faculty Skills rehearsal facilities • Clinical skills days with midwifery student practice educator • Research in practice day with researcher • Mentor, student and cohort lead/academic tutor tripartite discussion in clinical practice (1 hour per student). 

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

Standards for pre-registration midwifery education. 

Guidance on conduct for nursing and midwifery students. 

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

Essential standards for quality and safety. 

Midwives rules and standards. 

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

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


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 P1 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. 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 mentor following the assessment. If a refer 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 and 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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