You will spend 50% of your time on this course learning through clinical practice placements. We allocate students to a range of placement areas within their field of maternity services to ensure you see different clinical settings and practices. 

Working alongside qualified midwives during your placements, you will develop key midwifery skills in practice across a variety of settings, including: 

  • the home environment 

  • community clinics 

  • antenatal, labour, and postnatal wards 

There are also interprofessional opportunities to work in non-midwifery, neonatal, gynaecology and theatres.   

Our placements expand your experience of working across different sites at different trusts. This enables you to gain a wider perspective of the sector, understanding the challenges families and healthcare professionals face across maternity services. 

Our trust sites are: 

  • Nottingham University Hospitals- NUH (City Hospital and Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham) * 

  • University Hospitals of Derby (Derby) and Burton (Staffordshire), NHS Foundation Trust* 

  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Chesterfield)* 

  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals (Mansfield)* 

*While we try to ensure these placements are definitive, they may be subject to change from time-to-time. 

Please note:  In order to undertake a placement, you will need to achieve the relevant academic requirements as set by the University and meet any requirements specified by the placement host.  

Home and away placements 

In your first year, you'll complete your placements at one hospital trust, this is known as your 'away' base. In years two and three, you'll then move to a different trust, which is your 'home' base. This approach prepares you to be able to work anywhere in the UK. 

On accepting a place with us, you understand that you could be allocated to practice placements anywhere within the Midlands. The geographic spread of placements and the amount of travel required will vary. During your third year you can undertake a two-week elective placement. 

Elective placement 

There is an 'elective placement' which you will arrange yourself.  This is an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of midwifery, in an area that you're most interested in personally.  While the placement is self-funded, the school will offer some assistance to facilitate the process. 

This invaluable experience will not only expand your knowledge and skills but also offer a unique perspective on the diverse aspects of midwifery. 

Our midwifery placements