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Midwifery Online Mentor Update 2012/2013

Summary of changes to the Pre-registration Midwifery Education curriculum.

The University of Nottingham, Academic Division of Midwifery currently offer two courses leading to the qualification of Registered Midwife. These are:

  • Pre-registration Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid Hons) – shortened programme (80 weeks)
  • Pre-registration Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid Hons) – three year programme
  • Pre-registration Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid Hons) three year six month programme (extended) available at the Lincoln campus

Please refer to Bachelor of Midwifery Module Information site for further detailed information on these courses.

All courses from September 2008 are at degree level

Teaching period one, two and three now include: Numeracy skills which have a higher profile with students having the opportunity of re-sitting only the failed questions and not the total paper. The levels to be achieved are as follows:

Numeracy skills now have a higher profile with students having the opportunity of re-sitting only the failed questions and not the total paper. The levels to be achieved are as follows:
Teaching period Percentage
Teaching Period 170%
Teaching Period 290%
Teaching Period 395%

Case holding

Case holding is now a requirement for all students. Students are allocated to a minimum of two women who they follow through ante, intra and post partum. Year one is observational working with health care professionals. Year two & three the students are expected to fulfil an on call commitment for Labour. The student must negotiate time out of practice to attend learning from these women and participating in care delivery.

Infant feeding

Infant feeding is emphasised in the clinical skills record practice portfolio as the Academic Division of Midwifery has gained full "Baby Friendly Accreditation" status, since 2008.

Evidence of Inter-professional Learning

Evidence of Inter-professional Learning is a requirement within the practice document. Reflection on the nature and context of inter-professional learning is mandatory (DOH 2001). Student midwives also participate in OSCE sessions with medical students to develop skills in relation to maternity emergencies and understanding of different professional roles.

Research / Evidence based practice

Research / Evidence based practice In teaching period one, a greater emphasis has been placed on database searching, understanding data and research articles. Undertaking evidence based practice and interpreting evidence and policies has a higher profile throughout the programme. (Further information can be found within the Bachelor of Midwifery module Information site.)

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