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NQCG3113 Return to Midwifery Practice

Module Overview

This programme offers the opportunity for successful applicants to gain active registration on the Midwifery NMC professional register.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the influence of health and social policy relevant to the organisation and practice of nursing, health visiting and midwifery both at a national and local level.
  • Critique current influential trends in contemporary nursing, health visiting and midwifery and health care education and practice based on current evidence, legislation and/or policy.
  • In relation to own practice, identify and assess need, design, implement and critically evaluate care using relevant evidence. You must demonstrate the importance of risk assessment and clinical decision-making and how it guides your practice.
  • Critically evaluate effective team working and your participation in a multiprofessional approach to the care of service users including communication, teaching and learning skills.
  • Critically evaluate personal strengths and areas for development; recognising the importance of professional competence.


The theoretical content of the Study Days relates to the four NMC domains identified in the Assessment of Practice document, namely: 1. Effective midwifery practice 2. Professional and ethical practice. 3. Developing the individual midwife and others 4. Achieving quality care through evaluation and research The topics of the taught sessions the 16 half Study Days will be delivered by clinicians, educators and researchers over the 20 weeks. The indicative content:- • Professional accountability and responsibility • Ethical and legal issues • Clinical governance and quality assurance. • Organisation of care • Evidence based practice and research • Interpersonal skills • Delivery of care and clinical skills • Emergency care • Infection control. • Administration of medicines. • Health and safety. • Health and social policy • Public health. • Safeguarding. • Multiprofessional team working • Leadership, management and professional development. • Study skills Midwifery education, PREP and mentoring

Special Features

Taught sessions comprise 16 half study days delivered over 20 weeks You will normally expect to complete your Return to Practice Programme within 12months of commencement. Submission of assignments will be planned to enable progression through Faculty and University governance processes and timely submission to the NMC for re-activation of your PIN. If you fail to achieve the required outcomes in either theory or practice, you will be entitled to a retrieval attempt. Extenuating circumstances will be considered in line with University regulations. If you do not pass your retrieval attempt you will be required to reapply and repeat the programme in its entirety. If you do re-apply and repeat the Programme in its entirety, you may be considered for APL in some of the theoretical components provided that this component has been previously achieved. University regulations apply and can be seen on the University of Southampton Calendar.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures. Tutorials Clinical practice experience. Reflection. Guided reading. e-learning resources including (Blackboard) Group activities

Wider reading or practice80
Total study time278

Resources & Reading list

Baggott, R., (2004). Health and Health Care in Britain. 

Hogston, R., Marjoram, B., Editors (2007). Foundations of Nursing Practice. Leading the Way. 

Glasper, EA., Richardson, J., Editors (2010). A Textbook of Children's and Young People's Nursing. 

Hannon L; Clift J (2011). General Hospital care for People with Learning Disabilities. 

Care Quality Commission.

Atherton H; Crickmore D (2011). Learning Disabilities Toward Inclusion. 

Maslin-Prothero, S., Editor (2010). Bailliers’s Study Skills for Nurses and Midwives. 

Norman, I.’ Ryrie, I., Editors (2009). The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: a textbook of Principles and Practice. 

National Health Service.

Craig, J., Smyth, R., (2012). The Evidence Based Practice Manual for Nurses. 

Coles, L., Porter, E. (2008). Public Health Skills; a practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners. 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Department of Health.

Grant, G.; Ramcharan, P.; Flynn, M., Richardson, M. (2010). Learning Disability: A life cycle approach. 

Bulman, C. (2008).  An Introduction to Reflection, in Bulman, C. and Schutz, S., (Editors) Reflective practice in nursing.. 


Assessment Strategy

Module has to be completed within 12 months


Drug calculation examination


MethodPercentage contribution
AOP portfolio 50%
Reflective essay 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Drug calculation examination  (1 hours) %
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