What is midwifery?
Midwifery is a profession that requires students to develop the academic abilities, technical skills and personal qualities to take responsibility for the overall care of women in pregnancy and childbirth in a variety of settings. Midwives can work in the community, in hospitals, or both. Their role goes much further than delivering babies; they are involved in antenatal and postnatal care, in counselling, in offering support and education, and in helping mothers and their partners to prepare for parenting.
How will I study?
All our programmes adopt a modular structure, and teaching staff employ a variety of learning methods including problem-based learning, seminars, interprofessional education, project work and simulation. You'll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to be active in the learning process.
Our programmes are largely practice-based and you will be given the opportunity to observe midwifery, nursing and healthcare in a variety of settings and to learn the skills of midwifery in wards, departments, clinics and in patients' own homes. You will undertake practice at one of seven units within Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Lincoln and Boston.
The introduction of student case-holding to the curriculum enables you to experience continuity of midwifery care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
Assessment is viewed as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Students are involved in self-assessment of their progress through reflection. A range of assessment methods is used including case studies, seminar presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), exams and essays.
On successful completion of our programmes you will be eligible to register as a practising midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Career prospects and employability
Our midwifery graduates achieve high levels of success in obtaining posts following graduation and qualification as a midwife. Most newly-qualified midwives initially work in hospital midwifery practice, as NHS Band 5 midwives. Following this, midwives have a wide range of career opportunities that include hospital and community midwifery practice; specialist roles; clinical academic careers; work in management, public health, research and education.
A newly qualified midwife will start on Band 5 with a starting salary of £21,176 (from 1 April 2012).
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy* was £21,032**.
* From 1 August 2013, midwifery courses will be administered by the School of Health Sciences.
** Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time
Application and interview
Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a selection interview. A teacher from the Division of Midwifery and a midwifery service representative normally conduct the interview. Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential for academic progression, commitment to a career in midwifery and an understanding of the role of the midwife. Applications from mature students are welcomed; you will be expected to show evidence of personal motivation and recent academic studies.
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