SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M3B723158
Module Leader Jackie Gillespie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Participants will be midwives who are re-entering midwifery after a break in practice. Confirmation of having previously completed a pre-registration programme of midwifery education will be required. The participants must complete an appropriate induction programme prior to commencing the module.

Summary of Content

The aim of this practice/theory module is to comprehensively prepare Midwives, who have a lapse of registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), to return to the register. The module updates students on knowledge and skills required of a registered Midwife working in midwifery practice. . Return to Practice students will normally undertake up to a maximum of 450 hours in practice learning. The theory component comprises of 8 days in total, 4 generic and 4 field specific. With guidance from the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for pre-registration education (2010) and the Standards for Learning and Assessment in Practice (SLAiP) (2008), an Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) is adapted for Return to Practice students which will encompass a range of learning outcomes and supervised by a sign off mentor


Assessment, judgement and decision making Bio-psychosocial and cognitive development Code of practice Communication skills Contemporary and contextual issues in midwifery practice Evidence based practice Health inequalities and diversity Health promotion Inter-agency and inter-professional working Legal, accountability and ethical principles Ongoing achievement record (OAR) Person centred, safe and effective practice Principles of public health Reflective practice and writing Research awareness Risk assessment and management Safeguarding Simulated clinical practice elements Standards for medicine management

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, the learner should be able to:Demonstrate an ability to analyse the influence of health and social policy on contemporary midwifery practice.Demonstrate an ability to integrate knowledge of legislation, guidelines, codes of practice and policies into contemporary midwifery practice.Evaluate the current structure and organisation of maternity care both locally and nationally.Reflect on and evaluate the current issues in midwifery education and practice.Critically analyse relevant literature and research to inform midwifery practice.Demonstrate an ability to prioritise and manage the care of women, their babies and families, using holistic and evidence based practice.Explore the role of the midwife within the multidisciplinary team.Discuss and reflect on own strengths and weaknesses with a view to further developing personal and professional competence.Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate communication, teaching and learning skills in the practice learning environment.Successfully meet the practice learning competencies of the module.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy is defined as blended as it seeks to provide an educational framework, which promotes active learning. Within this context there is a balance of teaching methods, including face to face lectures, seminars, problem solving workshops, student presentations, experiential learning, directed reading, appraisal of contemporary literature and on-line discussion . Normally, students with a lapse of registration up to 12 years will be required to undertake 300 hours of practice learning and 450 hours of practice learning for a lapse in registration more than 12 years. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their current knowledge of clinical expertise to develop skills commensurate with effective practice. To develop this further, students will be asked to submit a formative essay . These teaching and learning strategies expose students to a range of learning styles and will guide those most conducive to lifelong learning.

Indicative Reading

Boyle, M. (ed) (2011) Emergencies around childbirth: a handbook for midwives, 2nd edn., Radcliffe Medical Press: Abingdon Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) (2010) Maternal obesity in the UK: Findings from a national project, CMACE: London Chapman, V., Charles, C. (eds) (2013) The midwife's labour and birth handbook, 3rd edn., Blackwell Science: Malden Cottrell, S. 2008, The Study Skills Handbook, 3rd edn, Palgrave: Hampshire Davey, L., Houghton, D. (2013) The midwife's pocket formulary, 3rd edn., Churchill Livingstone: London D.M., Cooper, M.A.(eds) (2009) Myles textbook for midwives, 15th edn., Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Frith, L., Drape, H. (2004) Ethics and midwifery: Issues in contemporary practice, Books for Midwives Press: Cheshire Gerrish K and Clayton A (2010) The Research Process in Nursing, 6th Ed. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford. Giminez, J., 2007, Writing for Nursing and Midwifery Students,. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke Information Services Division 2012 Births in Scottish hospitals. Available at <> [Accessed 13/05/13] Jasper, M., 2003, Beginning Reflective Practice, Nelson Thornes: Cheltenham Lewis G (ed) 2011 Saving Mothers Lives: Reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer 2006-2008 CMACE London MacDonald, S., Magill-Cuerden, J. (2011) Mayes' midwifery: A textbook for midwives , 14th edn., Bailliere Tindall: London NHS QIS 2009 Pathways for maternity care, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, Edinburgh NMC The Code Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives. London NMC Available at: <> [Accessed 13/05/13] NMC 2013 Midwives Rules and Standards 2012 NMC London. Available at: <> [Accessed 13/05/13] Scottish Government 2011 A refreshed framework for maternity services in Scotland. HMSO Edinburgh Scottish Government 2011 Improving Maternal and infant nutrition. HMSO Edinburgh Scottish Government 2011 Reducing antenatal health inequalities. Outcome focussed evidence into action guidance. HMSO Edinburgh Wylie, L., Bryce, H. (2008) The midwives' guide to key medical conditions, Elsevier: London URLs Better Together: Scotland's patient experience programme <> Health Improvement Scotland <> Health on the Net Foundation - <> National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - <> NES - <> NHS Education for Scotland e-Library - <> NHS Scotland <Http://> Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - <> Patient's Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 - <> Scotland's Health Improvement Agency - <> Scottish Government - <http:// <> SIGN Guidelines - <> World Health Organisation - <> -108

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 300.00
Assessment (BL) 30.00
Seminars (BL) 8.00
Lectures (BL) 36.00
Tutorials ( Bl) 6.00
Independent Learning (BL) 70.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 02 n/a 50.00 40% Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR)
Coursework 01 n/a 50.00 40% Essay (3000 words)