BSc Midwifery (Shortened)


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Full Time
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Degree of Bachelor of Science



Midwifery is a privileged and in demand career that allows you to care for pregnant women and their families before, during and after childbirth. With the NHS Constitution at its core, this accelerated 84-week degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Overview

Do you have the qualities, values and attitude to become a Midwife? We are looking for Adult Nurses with current NMC Registration, who are highly motivated, academically able, and caring individuals to join this excellent programme.

Interested in finding out more?

The School of Health Sciences hold an open evening for prospective BSc Midwifery (shortened) students to discover more about pursuing careers in midwifery. Click here for more information. 

Is this course for me?

The role of the midwife is to provide support and care to women and their partners during pregnancy, birth, and the early weeks of parenthood. As a midwife you will be the lead professional when care is uncomplicated but you will also be a core member of the multidisciplinary team. This course provides a robust approach to learning due to its close links to developing the application of theory and practice and assimilating your existing experience, knowledge and skills into practicing midwifery.

The programme we offer provides an integrated set of learning experiences to enable you to meet the health and social needs of women and their families during their pregnancy, birth and early weeks afterwards. As part of our recruitment process, the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs. 

This Midwifery Degree (shortened) course is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Our graduates:

  • Provide contemporary midwifery care
  • Are sensitive, empathetic and responsive in their practice
  • Empower women and their families to make the best choices to attain optimal health
  • Make sensitive, respectful and responsive care integral to their practice
  • Value the journey with women, fathers and their families through pregnancy to parenthood

We offer Open Sessions run by the Course Director for those interested in knowing more about the course.

These will be on the below dates. Please select the link to book yourself on to the Open Session.

Wednesday 19th October 11.00-12.30
Friday 20th January 12.00-13.30
Monday 27th February 11.00-12.30
Thursday 16th March 10.00-11.30

For enquiries, please email the admissions team on hsc.ug.admiss@uea.ac.uk

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

COMPLEX CARE

Complex Care module spans 31 weeks (weeks 27-57) and is the second module in the 84 week preregistration midwifery program. It consists of 6 weeks theory, 2 weeks personal study time, and 4 vacation weeks. The module provides theory which supports the placements of the Professional Practice II module which runs in parallel. The content will include the most common medical conditions and how they impact upon pregnancy, childbirth and the neonate, and how pregnancy impacts upon the medical conditions. Content will also include the complications which may arise during pregnancy, the intrapartum and postnatal period and the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise ill health and the deterioration across the childbearing period. Similarly, complications arising in the fetus will be followed through to care of the neonate in the Neonatal Unit, transitional care or postnatal ward and home. Emphasis will be placed on how to diminish the effects of separation when it is not possible to care for mother and baby in the same home, unit or NHS Trust. Students will continue to develop the ability to critically evaluate and develop critiquing skills of research studies. Rationale The module builds on knowledge and skills acquired across the previous modules, Normality and Public Health and Professional Practice I, and brings these together in a manner which prepares the student for competent practice acknowledging the NMC requirement to be autonomous at the point of registration and able to lead on normal midwifery practice while safely recognising and managing complex matters within the multidisciplinary team with the support of an expert. Theory and practice will enable the student to apply the knowledge of the parameters of normal childbirth in order to recognise the impact of complications, medical conditions and ill health during maternity and neonatal care. Students will also gain experience of the necessity for specific management with multi-speciality input and how the midwife works with the multi professional team. This will enable the student to consider how the midwife may facilitate the development of woman centred, evidence based midwifery practice within the context of complex clinical situations. The module aims will provide the student with the opportunity to: #Demonstrate a detailed knowledge base of the factors which may have an adverse effect on maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes #Examine the need for effective teamwork when caring for women and babies who have complex health needs #Examine the use of care pathways for women and babies who have complex health needs, to maximise health outcomes and limit deterioration. #Evaluate evidence from a range of sources in order to provide shared decision-making between professionals and users #In complex clinical situations demonstrate clinical decision-making and the use of problem solving skills #Demonstrate self-awareness and self-direction in relation to independent learning and to professional development.

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HOLISTIC PRACTICE

The module provides learning which supports the final stage of the programme including the placements of the module Professional Practice III which runs parallel. Students are prepared to take the lead role in normal midwifery while also having the opportunity to review their role and responsibilities in childbearing emergencies in the context of holistic practice and being a competent practitioner. A balance is struck between scenario based learning and simulation with computer sensitive equipment to analyse performance for such emergencies while also engaging with workshops to support their ability to lead competently on the management of normal birth. Both aspects are brought together through the consideration of supporting evidence and the statutory and legal frameworks for practice. Learning Objectives: Fire Awareness Safer handling of people-risk assessment Placement preparation Role of the midwife and statutory requirements Midwifery supervision Exploration of the organisational applications of different models of care NMC Competencies for practice in service organisation and delivery terms Future developments for midwifery led care ##National Service Framework for Maternity and Child Services in UK; Midwifery 2020. # Health and social policy pertaining to midwifery practice. # Working within multidisciplinary team when complications arise # On-going reflective techniques to analyse and evaluate midwifery practice # Clinical Governance and Risk Management including audit of practice # Leadership and management of maternity services. # Ethical and legal issues arising within midwifery practice # Preparation for practice placement; roles and responsibilities # Interview and employment preparation # Preparation for Preceptorship Evidence Base and Research # Ongoing evaluation of current research into aspects of midwifery practice # Interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics # Sources of error that compromise external or internal validity # Promotion and dissemination of research findings in midwifery practice # Research funding, research careers # Mixed methods approaches # Preparing a critical case review # Preparation for oral examination # Use of audit and research when reviewing guidelines for practice. Care Delivery and Midwifery Practice # Providing midwifery led care: approaches, role and responsibilities # Leading the care and support for normal labour and birth # Management and support of women for breech presentation and birth # Midwife's role in the management of emergency situations in childbearing # Use of technological support in midwifery. # Vaginal Birth after Delivery ( VBAC) # Origin of twinning # Care and management of twins including birth # Planning and leading midwifery care: normalising labour and birth ##Review of childbearing emergencies from perspective of competent holistic /holistic holistic practice: Causes and management of cord prolapse Causes and management of amniotic fluid embolism Causes and management of antepartum haemorrhage Recognition and management of pre eclampsia and eclampsia Causes and management of post partum haemorrhage Competently manage maternal resuscitation Competently manage neonatal resuscitation Recognition and management of shoulder dystocia Aetiology of multiple pregnancy and physiological impact on pregnancy and laboutr Anatomy, Physiology and related Biosciences # Applied anatomy and physiology to childbearing emergencies. Baby Friendly Initiative # Practice outcomes only Behavioural Sciences Informing Midwifery Practice # Psychological and sociological impacts of complications upon childbearing women and families # Debriefing and facilitation skills # Psychological disorders of childbearing. # Support for parents whose baby is stillborn/ perinatal death. Pharmacology # Drugs used for medical conditions and infections in pregnancy Use of complementary therapies in midwifery practice ##Use of complementary and alternative medicine in midwifery practice Public Health, Health Education and Promotion # Parent education delivery # Improving women's wellbeing following childbearing ergency Vaginal birth after caesarean section

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NORMALITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH

This focus is on building upon the student's prior knowledge and experience while facilitating them to assimilate these existing skills into a midwifery context. It is designed to expand the student's knowledge of biosciences, psychological, social, professional and political influences of care delivery and relate these to a maternity setting. The module focuses on the anatomical and physiological changes of direct relevance to childbearing and how progress of fetal, maternal and neonatal health is assessed and monitored through effective programmes of care. The principles of public health will be made explicit and will reflect both midwifery led approaches and multi-professional working strategies to provide meaningful family centred care. The role of research in providing evidence based care will be introduced. It will consider working with disadvantaged families to improve the health, well-being and confidence in parenting. This includes domestic violence, safeguarding and developing delivery of care across professional and organisational boundaries. Local established public health programmes and national initiatives will be explored. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Recognise the statutory framework and aspects of midwifery practice which are governed by the NMC Rules and Standards (2012) and The Code (NMC 2008) and be able to demonstrate the implications of these rules for women, families and for the provision of midwifery led care #Use evidence to underpin midwifery practice and develop skill in core processes #Consider government policy and national standards for providing normal midwifery care in a manner which shows application when planning the context of the care in relation to the lives of women and their families #Demonstrate the effective use of communication strategies and models with women, their families and other professionals to contribute to supporting healthy lifestyles and midwifery led practice #Explore the principles of public health and the role of the midwife in improving health when assessing, planning and giving care to the woman and neonate during the childbearing period #Understand the role of voluntary agencies and other avenues of support from professionals and organisations, consider when these can impact positively on the health of women and families. Draw on government reports, which highlight inequalities in health, and their impact on childbearing, and is able to demonstrate application when engaging with assessment, planning, implementation and evaluating midwifery care #Preparation in the foundation of knowledge and skills for Professional Practice I Module.

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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 1

This is a practice Module and uses a Hub and Spoke approach to placement. Community provides the Hub with experience on the Midwifery Led Birth Unit (MLBU) or Labour Ward as a significant spoke. Students will be expected to seek out additional learning opportunities via the identified spokes to other clinical areas, services, organisations and agencies as well as specialist practitioners. This will enable students to appreciate and participate in care outside the role of the midwife which enhances the care women receive in the maternity services and expands their ability to apply theory to practice within the placement areas. The Learning Objectives are through Themes which contain learning outcomes and are assessed at "Supervised Practitioner" level. Supervised practitioner level is defined as: the student is able to demonstrate active participation in normal midwifery care and is able to begin to initiate appropriate midwifery care following clinical assessment. The student may revert to earlier role behaviour in new situations. Levels of performance in skill development The student has received instruction underpinning the skill, observed the procedure in the practice setting and has performed the skill on a number of occasions and requires minimal supervision. Themes to be assessed Community: A, B, D, F, G, H, M, N, O, Intrapartum: C, E, O A. Written and verbal communication B. Midwifery practice of antenatal care C. Midwifery practice of intrapartum care D Midwifery practice of postnatal care E. Midwifery practice of newborn care F. Population health-creating healthy communities G. Professional attributes for midwifery practice H. Providing care for families which reflects the changing dynamics encountered in modern society J. Practising infection prevention standards within midwifery care K. Safe medicine management in midwifery practice L. Immediate management of emergency care for women and babies during childbearing M. Risk and safety awareness in midwifery practice N. Inter-professional/inter-agency practice within maternity services O. Baby Friendly initiative The Interpersonal attributes element assesses the student's development in communication and team working. The element is summatively assessed within the practice assessment. Pass in portfolio requirements, see Practice Assessment Guidance documentation for further details. All sections of the assessment need to be completed. The award of a fail in any Learning Outcome would constitute a fail for the whole practice assessment for the placement. Descriptors for grading are given in the Practice Assessment Document and the final numerical grade is given by the Mentor. The students are expected to achieve the standard of 'Supervised Practitioner' (NMC 2009).

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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 2

This practice based module spans 19 weeks, between weeks 27 and 57 of the programme. There are two placement Hubs in this module which cover the hospital-based spectrum of care namely: the antenatal and postnatal services (13 weeks) and delivery suite (7 weeks) with a (1 week) Spoke on the neonatal unit. In one Trust the antenatal and postnatal services are in two distinct areas of learning. These are managed by dividing the learning outcomes between the two areas and not duplicating any to reduce repetition. Students will be expected to seek out additional learning opportunities via the Spokes indicated within other clinical areas and with specialist practitioners. This will enable them to appreciate and participate in care outside the role of the midwife which enhances the care women receive in the maternity services and expand their ability to apply theory to practice within the placement areas. The assessment of practice process incorporates the required NMC Skills Clusters and Ongoing Record of Achievement. The Practice Assessment for PPI and PPII must be completed by the first progression point which is set as 12 weeks from the end of this module. Whilst on placement students will take 7.5 hours each week towards portfolio development and reflective time as part of their clinical hours. During the antenatal ward placement there will be opportunities for spoke visits to other areas of the antenatal services, some examples are: antenatal clinic, day assessment unit and fetal medicine unit. During the postnatal ward placement there will be opportunities for spoke visits to other areas of the postnatal services, some examples include: the Neonatal Outreach Team, neonatal audiology clinic, tongue tie clinic, neonatal ophthalmic clinic, obstetric physiotherapy, anti-coagulation and deep vein thrombosis clinic. The learning objectives of this module are to: provide students with the placement experience to enable them to develop women-centred, evidence-based midwifery practice, within the context of complex clinical situations and complex care.

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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 3

The module provides learning which supports the final stage of the programme including the placements of the module Professional Practice III which runs parallel. Students are prepared to take the lead role in normal midwifery while also having the opportunity to review their role and responsibilities in childbearing emergencies in the context of holistic practice and being a competent practitioner. A balance is struck between scenario based learning and simulation with computer sensitive equipment to analyse performance for such emergencies while also engaging with workshops to support their ability to lead competently on the management of normal birth. Both aspects are brought together through the consideration of supporting evidence and the statutory and legal frameworks for practice. Fire Awareness Safer handling of people-risk assessment Placement preparation Role of the midwife and statutory requirements Midwifery supervision Exploration of the organisational applications of different models of care NMC Competencies for practice in service organisation and delivery terms Future developments for midwifery led care ##National Service Framework for Maternity and Child Services in UK; Midwifery 2020. # Health and social policy pertaining to midwifery practice. # Working within multidisciplinary team when complications arise # On-going reflective techniques to analyse and evaluate midwifery practice # Clinical Governance and Risk Management including audit of practice # Leadership and management of maternity services. # Ethical and legal issues arising within midwifery practice # Preparation for practice placement; roles and responsibilities # Interview and employment preparation # Preparation for Preceptorship Evidence Base and Research # Ongoing evaluation of current research into aspects of midwifery practice # Interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics # Sources of error that compromise external or internal validity # Promotion and dissemination of research findings in midwifery practice # Research funding, research careers # Mixed methods approaches # Preparing a critical case review # Preparation for oral examination # Use of audit and research when reviewing guidelines for practice. Care Delivery and Midwifery Practice # Providing midwifery led care: approaches, role and responsibilities # Leading the care and support for normal labour and birth # Management and support of women for breech presentation and birth # Midwife's role in the management of emergency situations in childbearing # Use of technological support in midwifery. # Vaginal Birth after Delivery ( VBAC) # Origin of twinning # Care and management of twins including birth # Planning and leading midwifery care: normalising labour and birth ##Review of childbearing emergencies from perspective of competent holistic /holistic holistic practice: Causes and management of cord prolapse Causes and management of amniotic fluid embolism Causes and management of antepartum haemorrhage Recognition and management of pre eclampsia and eclampsia Causes and management of post partum haemorrhage Competently manage maternal resuscitation Competently manage neonatal resuscitation Recognition and management of shoulder dystocia Aetiology of multiple pregnancy and physiological impact on pregnancy and laboutr Anatomy, Physiology and related Biosciences # Applied anatomy and physiology to childbearing emergencies. Baby Friendly Initiative # Practice outcomes only Behavioural Sciences Informing Midwifery Practice # Psychological and sociological impacts of complications upon childbearing women and families # Debriefing and facilitation skills # Psychological disorders of childbearing. # Support for parents whose baby is stillborn/ perinatal death. Pharmacology # Drugs used for medical conditions and infections in pregnancy Use of complementary therapies in midwifery practice ##Use of complementary and alternative medicine in midwifery practice Public Health, Health Education and Promotion # Parent education delivery # Improving women's wellbeing following childbearing ergency Vaginal birth after caesarean section

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

All applicants must meet the below criteria to be considered:

  • Hold a Diploma in Higher Education or Bachelors degree
  • Have achieved GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4
  • Be a registered Adult Nurse with current NMC registration

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)
  • PTE: 68 overall (minimum 68 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful study.

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those  Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. A sample test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini interview format across four stations.   When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service (admissions@uea.ac.uk).

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference

Intakes

The course will start in September and is a full-time 84 week course.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Entry Requirement

All applicants must meet the below criteria to be considered:

  • Hold a Diploma in Higher Education or Bachelors degree
  • Have achieved GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4
  • Be a registered Adult Nurse with current NMC registration

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)
  • PTE: 68 overall (minimum 68 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful study.

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to an interview morning or afternoon.   All applicants who are invited for interview will be required to undertake a numeracy and literacy test on the interview day. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of support we provide to our cohorts. A sample test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multi mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected inthe NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

We are unable to provide applicants who are unsuccessful following interviews with specific feedback regarding the interview.

Special Entry Requirements

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions office (admissions@uea.ac.uk).

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant have the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Office can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, and enhanced Disclosure (formerly CRB), two satisfactory references and eligibility for NHS funding.

Intakes

The course will start in September and is a full-time 84 week course.

GCSE Offer

A minimum of GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above is required.

Course Open To

Please note that, at this time, we are unable to accept international applications for this course.

Fees and Funding

SEPTEMBER 2016 ENTRY

Students receive a training salary during the programme. This is determined by the commissioning partners involved with this programme and is paid for the duration of the programme. Details will be available at interview. Your course fees are also paid by the commissioners.

SEPTEMBER 2017 ONWARDS

From 1 August 2017 the funding for most health courses in England is changing. Under the new system you will receive a support package of tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England, just like all other undergraduate students. For more information on finance and maintenance loans please refer to our leaflet.

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for 2017 entry will be confirmed in due course.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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