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NPMS6009 Midwifery Professional Development

Module Overview

This module enables you to undertake professional development activity. This activity must be agreed/negotiated with your academic tutor/ programme lead to ensure it is: • in line with NMC educational guidelines for professional midwifery practice • covered by University and Faculty guidelines for elective /independent activity, including insurance • consistent with the educational commissioning of the programme • aligned with programme learning outcomes • appropriate to your professional development needs 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

Module Aims

To facilitate the development of personal and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to midwifery practice, lifelong learning as a compassionate health care professional.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate your own learning style and needs to facilitate your development as a competent and compassionate midwife, and in partnership with programme team identify and develop an educational activity to meet these needs.
  • Critically explore relevant policy and evidence appropriate to your identified development activity to justify your activity, developing specific self-directed learning objectives to support your learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take responsibility for your own lifelong learning, including consideration of risk assessment, access to variable resources, professional /legal requirements and professional multidisciplinary communication to achieve your activity.
  • Demonstrate the achievement of your learning objectives and the dissemination of this to others, using innovative methods.
  • Critically reflect on, and evaluate your learning from the activity and discuss the extent to which it has helped you meet the module aim, and how it will inform your future midwifery practice, personal and professional development.


Professional codes and their application in various settings Learning styles Reflective practice Lifelong learning Risk assessment Communication- interprofessional/Multi-agency working/ negotiation skills

Special Features

The module can be achieved by a range of activities that is likely to be from the following list but not exclusively: • Completion of a University of Southampton Curriculum Innovation Module appropriate to the role of a midwife, as available at the time and as agreed to by the Programme Lead • Completion of a University of Southampton / Faculty of Health Science module appropriate to the role of a midwife, and agreed with the module leader for example, examination of the newborn, or safeguard children and young people or IAPT module. (NB numbers may be limited to each module) • An agreed elective activity (subject to appropriate risk assessments, agreements, insurance etc.) for example: o Observation period within UK of a health and /or social care nature that is relevant to professional midwifery practice- e.g. social services, police, women's support association o Observation period internationally a health and /or social care nature that is relevant to professional midwifery practice- e.g. maternity service in another country • An Erasmus placement • A research experience - for example working with researcher undertaking clinically focused research that is likely to inform midwifery professional practice • A clinical development activity for example working with Consultant /specialised practitioner in area outside programme activity, but of relevance to professional midwifery practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This will vary to reflect learning activity undertaken but is likely to include a combination of some of the following; • Technology enhanced learning activities • Self-directed study • Seminar activity • Tutorial support • Interdisciplinary and service user engagement

Guided independent study178
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

This will be variable as appropriate to the learning activity selected but are likely to include Academic tutorial staff Blackboard and other online resources Erasmus activity support (risk assessment, insurance etc.) Library resource Access to University and Faculty modules. 



Development of a learning contract


MethodPercentage contribution
Agreed academic assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Agreed academic assessment %

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

You will be expected to self-fund option/ elective activity, including immunisations, travel, accommodation etc

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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