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NPMS3034 Autonomous Midwifery Practice with Case-load Experience

Module Overview

This module comprises 50% theory and 50% clinical practice. Theoretical component The theoretical component will include a week of learning activities associated with decision-making followed by interactive sessions that build into transition to becoming a practising midwife. You will be offered a 1-1 record-keeping audit by a Professional Midwifery Advocate to integrate you into the support process received as a qualified midwife. Practice component You will be required to complete five caseload experiences throughout the third year. This will be introduced mid second year to allow time for planning and risk assessing. There is a risk assessment caseload document that needs completing per caseload. Each caseload will require a user feedback evaluation. This will be something that you will incorporate within a written reflection and add to your portfolio of evidence that will support future first post interviews.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role and importance of contemporaneous records
  • Critically analyse programmes of care demonstrating modifications for the improvements of outcomes for women, babies and their families
  • Demonstrate and evaluate safe practice within the limitations of the individual’s own competence, knowledge and sphere of professional practice, consistent with the legislation relating to midwifery practice
  • Critically appraise the diagnostic and decision making skills required for the safe assessment, planning and delivery of care for a woman with complex health care needs during childbirth
  • Recognise and critically appraise within maternity services, the value of the patient voice.


Decision making theories Risk assessment and management Clinical audit – including CQC and NHSLA Regulatory requirements Transition Planning care in partnership including capacity Patient voice Working in partnership Development of the role of autonomous practitioner Enhancing the decision making and risk assessment skills required for autonomous contemporary practice Fitness to practice and professional self-regulation Duty of care The role of Supervision in Midwifery Accountability Understanding self Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - Statutory requirements. Reflective practice relevant to CPD Risk management and human error Case load experience in practice Suturing practical skill

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Group work Case-load practice Self directed study Audit Film

Placement Hours93.75
Independent Study1
Wider reading or practice16
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Work based learning2
Completion of assessment task36.75
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Tingle, J and Bark, P (2011). Patient safety, Law policy and Practice. 

Jacob, S and Lavender, T (2008). An essential guide for student midwives: Preparing for professional practice. 

Thompson, C and Dowding, D (2009). Essential decision making and clinical judgement for nurses. 

Standing, M. Clinical judgement and decision-making in nursing and interprofessional healthcare. 

Kahneman, D (2011). Thinking fast and slow. 

Raynor, M., Marshall, J. Sullivan, A. (2005). Decision-Making in Midwifery Practice. 

Department of Health (2010) Midwifery 2020 – Delivering Expectations.



Case review and plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%

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 your own cost.

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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