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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: MID2007
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: TOWSE R Mrs (HSC)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern
This module is assessed by an Objective Structured Clinical assessment (OSCA), the practice portfolio and a written assessment. The module portfolio is designed to record your practice experience during the first year of midwifery education, and includes the stapled, first year, Record of Practice (Yellow Section) and other loose leaf practice documentation. The Record of Practice enables you to present a comprehensive ‘picture’ of your learning and your proficiency in selected skills. Your mentor’s grading of your ability to achieve the module learning outcomes supports the understanding that professional knowledge and understanding gained through the experience of work are of value and worthy of academic credit. All parts of the portfolio, the OSCA and the written assessment must be passed.

OSCA – Postnatal examination of mother or baby
The OSCA is jointly assessed by a tutor and a member of the midwifery staff at your Trust. The document at the end of the white section shows you what will be assessed. You will have had a detailed explanation in the classroom of the skills required and time to practice with your mentors in practice. The module leader will give you dates for a formal practice for the assessment within the Trust. This is a learning opportunity not a recorded assessment. You will also be notified of the date for the final assessment of this skill in practice. You will not know until the assessment whether you are examining a mother or baby. Should you fail to achieve a pass on the day; a retrieval date will be set. The mark for this assessment will be given to you separately but will then be combined with the other portfolio marks by the examinations office for a final module mark.

The written work - Reflection – 2,500 words
The reflection relates to your assessment in practice of a maternal postnatal examination or the postnatal examination of a neonate. It will be structured using a reflective model of the student’s choice. (You are advised to leave any subheadings, relating to the model used, visible in the text and you must include an outline of the model used in an appendix). The focus of the reflection is on the care you gave, not how you felt about the assessment. You will be required to include:

• identification of the needs of the woman and her family
• the issues in the planning and delivery of care
• current evidence for practice decisions
• the role of the midwife and other health professionals
• evaluation of own performance in the midwifery activity including an assessment of whether the needs of the mother/baby were met
• any appropriate action taken and areas for improvement

This work is submitted separately from the practice portfolio.

Presentation of written work (Must be word processed)

• Arial - font size 12
• Double spaced
• NO work to be presented in individual plastic sleeves
• All pages to be numbered with students name as a header
• All work is to be dated

Failure to adhere to the above may result in work being returned unmarked
Module Overview
Module Aims
This module will enable the student midwife to develop basic knowledge and skills in antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care of the woman, the fetus, the neonate and the wider family. The module additionally provides the student with the opportunity to rehearse practical skills within a safe and supportive clinical environment in different areas of care i.e. community and hospital settings.
In addition this module introduces the student midwife to the practice of midwifery as a profession. This will be achieved through an exploration of defining attitudes and values and the diversity of the role of the midwife including her/his relationship to other health professionals and clients.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this module the mother should expect the student to be able to:

Professional practice skills
1. practice in accordance with NMC Midwives Rules and Standards (2004) and the NMC Code of Professional Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2004) demonstrating a basic knowledge of professional regulation, self regulation, legal and ethical principles
2. practice in accordance with NMC documents with particular reference to respecting clients’ choices and wishes and acknowledging the boundaries of a professional, caring relationship
3. complete the essential skills clusters at the first progression point.
4. recognise and begin to respond to the needs of low risk childbearing women and their families demonstrating basic competence when examining women with healthy/ normal pregnancies in the antenatal and postnatal periods
5. accurately observe, record and interpret data related to the health and well-being of mothers and babies
6. begin to support and assist women experiencing normal labour and birth
7. demonstrate basic competence in monitoring fetal wellbeing in labour including recognition of a normal CTG
8. demonstrate basic competence when caring for healthy neonates
9. begin to support and assist women to feed their babies
10. participate in the safe transfer of mother and baby to the care of the community midwife and safe discharge to the care of the health visitor
11. begin to develop a holistic approach when caring for women and their families i.e. taking a physiological, sociological, psychological and spiritual perspective
12. develop existing skills in assessing, planning and evaluating care within the context of midwifery care
13. relate existing knowledge on patient safety and infection control to the care of women and babies
14. demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a team with an awareness of the contribution that other health care professionals and organisations have on the well being of women and their families

Values and attitudes
1. have an awareness of how to manage self and his/ her own practice and recognise and acknowledge the limitations in his/ her own abilities
2. demonstrate ways of communicating effectively and developing positive relationships with women, their families and other health professionals including those from diverse circumstances whilst maintaining confidentiality and applying an empathetic approach to care
3. evaluate the effect of their own values on interaction with women and their families and begin to consider the particular needs and values of individuals and groups within their Trust area
4. demonstrate an awareness of mothers’ perceptions of their care and how these are expressed

Knowledge and understanding
1. demonstrate an ability to retrieve information to support learning in practice
2. demonstrate an ability to reflect on practice and the evidence base for care provided

Key skills
1. use appropriate documentation to facilitate and record holistic midwifery care and evaluate the effectiveness of care given and write legible, clear and coherent records
2. develop a learning agreement to negotiate meeting module and personal objectives
Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential reading:

Fraser D. & Cooper M. (eds) (2009) Myles textbook for midwives (15th Edn.) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
Henderson C. & Macdonald S. (2004) Mayes’ midwifery: A textbook for midwives (13th edn.) Baillière Tindall, London

Johnson R. & Taylor W. (2006) Skills for midwifery practice (2nd ed.) Elsevier, Edinburgh

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008) The Code: standards for conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives
NMC, London

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2007) Standards for the administration of medicines NMC, London

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2004) Midwives rules and standards NMC, London

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2009) Record keeping; Guidance for Nurses and Midwives NMC, London

Required reading:

Bryom S. & Edwards G. (2009) Essential midwifery practice : Postnatal care Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester

Johnston P.G.B., Flood K., Spinks K (2003) The newborn child (9th Edn.) Elsevier Science Ltd, Edinburgh

Liu D. (2007) Labour ward manual (4th ed) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Tucker S. (2004) Mosby’s pocket guide : Fetal monitoring and assessment (5th ed.) Mosby, Missouri

Walsh D. (2007) Evidence-based care for normal labour and birth: A guide for midwives Taylor and Francis, London

Gauge S. & Henderson C. (2005) CTG made easy (3rd ed.) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Background reading:

Page L.A. & McCandlish R. (2006) The new midwifery: Science and sensitivity in practice (2nd ed) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Sullivan A., Kean L., Cryer A. (2006) Midwife’s guide to antenatal investigations Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Wickham S. (2003) Midwifery : Best practice Books for Midwives Press, Edinburgh (Section 2,6,8,10)

Wickham S. (2005) Midwifery : Best practice Vol 3 Books for Midwives Press, Edinburgh (Section 3)

Wickham S. (2006) Midwifery : Best practice Vol 4 Books for Midwives Press, Edinburgh
Last Updated
27TH JULY 2010