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NPMS1022 Practice Experience 2 (P2)

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 the ability to engage with women and their families to build caring professional relationships
  • Use effective communication and interpersonal skills with clients, their families and the interprofessional team, always respecting professional boundaries
  • Demonstrate respect and dignity for clients and their families
  • Use a variety of formats to produce clear, concise and complete records, using appropriate professional language to document and monitor effectiveness of care, care whilst applying the principles of data protection
  • Describe and demonstrate application of the principles of confidentiality in professional practice
  • Demonstrate achievement of core Year 1 skills
  • Demonstrate achievement of drugs calculations test


Nursing and Midwifery Council Pre-registration Standards EU Requirements School 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 (normally 1 day per practice experience) - Reflection in Practice day (normally 1 per practice experience) - Blackboard resources - Academic support in practice; student and midwifery assessors/supervisors progress review (up to 1 hour per student) - Online resources including drug calculation practice Cover a range of shift patterns across the full working week Monday to Sunday inclusive.

Completion of assessment task3
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Assessment and Learning in Practice.

The Code.

Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education.

Guidance on using social media responsibly.


Assessment Strategy

Electronic Assessment of Practice Portfolio 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 assessors/supervisor who holds currency. 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 PE2 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 PE2 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.


Computer assisted assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
Drug calculation examination 
EAoPP NMC competencies 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Drug calculation examination 
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.

Approved Calculators

You will be required to purchase a University approved calculator.


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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