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NPMS3031 Practice Experience 6 (BSc/MSc 2 year)

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 best midwifery practice by working in partnership with women, their families and other professionals.
  • Critically reflect and practise in a manner which promotes the rights of the individual.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate safely and effectively with women and families.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in the inter-professional team.
  • Act as an advocate for women meeting the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Synthesize evidence to inform practice.
  • Successfully complete a Drugs Calculation test.
  • Achieve the required Professional Competencies.

Syllabus

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 (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 Covering a range of shift patterns across a 24 hour period Monday to Sunday inclusive.

TypeHours
Placement353
Teaching22
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

NMC (2008). The Code: Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. 

NMC (2012). Midwives Rules and Standards. 

NMC (2009). Record Keeping: Guidance for Nurses and Midwives. 

NMC (2010). Guidance on Conduct for Nursing and Midwifery Students. 

NMC (2009). Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education. 

• Access to the local maternity services and where appropriate, wider health and social care services, for theoretical and skills rehearsal • Computer suites x 2 for on line Drug Calculation tests • 2 x Clinical Skills Days with midwifery student Practice Educator • 1x Research in Practice day with researcher • Mentor, student and cohort lead/academic tutor tripartite discussion in clinical practice (1 hour per student). 

Care Quality Commission (2010). Essential standards for quality and safety. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Electronic Assessment of Practice Portfolio (EAoPP) You will have access to the 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 midwifery assessors/supervisors 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 assessor/supervisor 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 P2 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 P6 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 student and midwifery assessors/supervisors following the assessment. If a fail 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.

Formative

Computer assisted assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
EAoPP NMC competencies 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Computer assisted assessment 
EAoPP NMC competencies 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Costs

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, from 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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