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NPMS2042 Safe and Compassionate Care

Module Overview

This module analyses the contemporary issues of modern maternity services as well as wider health and social care. There is a strong public health focus throughout, and consideration of clients groups that may be considered ‘vulnerable’. The issues explored include the need for a more caring and empathetic workforce, whistle blowing and always ensuring the woman is the focus of her care. There is a clear focus on the need for interprofessional and multi-agency working to ensure best outcomes for women and their families.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Examine how communication contributes to the provision of public health, health promotion and well-being information for women and their families, using the literature to consider a variety of perspectives
  • Examine the midwife’s role in identifying and responding to women and families with particular social, cultural, physical and mental wellbeing and health needs, including reference to vulnerable groups
  • Discuss how the midwife supports families to enable effective decision making and safe practice around infant feeding and parenting
  • Evaluate the importance of working collaboratively with other health professions and external agencies in relation to health and wellbeing
  • Explain and apply theories and practical implications of public health policy, health promotion and health education in relation to maternal and family care


This list is not exhaustive but will include: Safeguarding individuals groups and populations The role of gender across the maternity continuum and societies (role of father/partner as well as that of mother, grandmother etc.) Social policy on family Pregnancy and the age continuum Occupational health – pregnancy and post natal Mental wellbeing and its promotion and assessment across the pregnancy/childbirth continuum and its impact on woman, her fetus/neonate, family and society Bereavement Cultural sensitivity Public health/Determinants of health • Ethical and fiscal implications • Epidemiology • Health promotion • Public health resources • Extended family context • Infant feeding • Effective parenting • Models of behaviour change – motivational interviewing Vulnerable groups • Learning disabilities/physical disabilities - including autism • Survivors of sexual abuse • Women in prison • Domestic violence • Substance misuse • Asylum seekers • Travelling communities • Ethnic groups with specific needs • Teenagers • Older family members (elderly care/dementia, challenges of living in multigenerational families settings) The role and responsibilities of the midwife in relation to: • Values ethics and truth telling • Capacity and consent • Advocacy • Clinical governance • Professional Midwifery Advocate • Aggression • Patient safety and patient experience • Diversity and social inclusion agenda • Interprofessional working 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

• A variety of guided learning activities • Collaborative learning resources • Electronic discussion forums • Core lectures • Workshops • Values Based Tutorials

Completion of assessment task50
Wider reading or practice41.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Follow-up work20
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Green J (2015). Health promotion: planning & strategies. 

Wambach, K and Riordan J (2016). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. 

Coles L and Porter E M (Eds.) (2008). Public health skills: a practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners.. 

Fair Society, Healthy Lives: The Marmot Review.

Walker, M (2017). Breastfeeding management for the clinician : using the evidence. 

Evans D, Coutsaftiki D and Fathers P (2014). Health promotion and public health for nursing students. 

Behaviour change: general approaches.

Watson, G and Rodwell S (2014). Safeguarding and protecting children, young people & families : a guide for nurses and midwives. 

Pregnancy and complex social factors: a model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors.

Behaviour change: Individual approaches.

Mason P and Butler CC (2010). Health Behavior Change; A Guide for Practitioners. 

Naidoo J and Wills J (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion. 

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England..

Baggott R (2010). Public Health: Policy and Politics. 

Better Births: Improving outcomes of maternity services in England.

Powell C (2016). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical guide. 



Group Professional Conversation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 80%
Professional conversation  () 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 80%
Professional conversation 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

All texts key are available within the library or can be purchased online or within the bookshop located on campus. For the current costs you are requested to check on line. If purchased, this will be at a cost to you.

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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