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NPMS6007 Compassionate and Safe Care for maternal and neonatal health

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 his/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. Taught sessions are with the comparable Bachelor of Science (Hons) Midwifery module. Additional resources, Seminar activity and guided independent study will enable you to achieve the academic level for this module 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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the importance of a variety of communication strategies to promote safe and compassionate care for women and their families
  • Critically explore the influences of services in the provision of social, cultural, wellbeing and mental health needs for women and their families, including reference to vulnerable groups
  • Critically explore the contributing factors to mental health and the provision of service for perinatal mental health needs
  • Analyse the importance of working collaboratively with other health professions and external agencies in relation to health and wellbeing
  • Critically analyse theories and practical implications of public health policy, health promotion and health education in relation to care of the woman, fetus/neonate and the wider family
  • Critically evaluate the role of the midwife in provision of family-centred care with the wider interprofessional team


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 the family Social abuses – effect on mother and fetus, and indirectly on society Pregnancy and the age continuum Occupational health – pregnancy and post natal Perinatal mental health and impact of woman her family and society Bereavement Cultural sensitivity Public health/Determinants of health • Ethical and fiscal implications • Epidemiology • Health promotion • Public health resources • Infant feeding as determinant of health • Effective parenting • Models of behaviour change – motivational interviewing Vulnerable groups • Learning disabilities/physical disabilities • Survivors of sexual abuse • Women in prison • Domestic violence • Substance misuse • Asylum seekers, • Travelling communities, • 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 • Supervision of midwifery • Aggression • Patient safety and patient experience • Diversity • Interprofessional working

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• A variety of guided learning activities • Collaborative learning resources • Electronic discussion forums • Core lectures • Workshops/seminars

Follow-up work30
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Wider reading or practice42
Completion of assessment task50
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

NICE (2007). NICE Guidance Behaviour Change. 

Wambach K and Riordan J (2014). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. 

The Marmot Review (2010). Fair Society, Healthy Lives: Strategic Review of health Inequalities in England post 2010. 

Walker M (2014). Breastfeeding management for the clinician: Using the evidence. 

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

National and international government and maternity specific reports available in library and as electronic resources will be drawn upon throughout this module.. 

Coles L and Porter E M (Eds.) (2008). Public Health Skills: A Practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. 

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

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

Naidoo, J. and Wills, J (2009). Foundations for Health Promotion (Public Health and Health Promotion).. 

Egan G (2009). The Skilled Helper (International Edition).. 

Larkin M (2009). Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care. 

Powel C (2012). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical guide. 

Department of Health [DH] (2010). Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England. 

Access to the local Maternity Services for theoretical and skills rehearsal, and case reviews. 

Banwell C, Ulijaszek S and Dixon J (eds) (2013). When culture impacts health. 



Discussion board activity


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 80%
Group Professional Conversation 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 80%
Group 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:

Travel Costs for placements

There are no identified additional costs to you anticipated, as travel between University study sites should be expected as part of the programme. Textbooks and journals are available in the library and as electronic resources; if you choose to purchase your own resources this will be at 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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