BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Establishing a Case Load

Unit code NURS21272
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit builds on the continued development of midwifery knowledge and skills gained on the programme so far by enabling students to experience caring for women throughout the childbearing continuum, providing continuity of carer in a midwifery setting. Under direct supervision from a qualified midwife, students will undertake initial and on-going risk assessment, care planning and provision. They will develop their critical review skills with opportunities to examine and roles and responsibilities of the midwife and student midwife in providing safe, evidence-based care for women. Students will achieve this by identifying, recruiting and providing on-going assessment and evidence-based care to a small caseload of women, under the direct supervision of a qualified midwife.

Collaboration with women, families and other members of the multi-disciplinary team is emphasised, enhancing opportunities for the best health outcomes for the mother and baby. Factors related to referral, risk management, supporting informed choice and advocacy are all examined. Hence the programme threads of evidence-based practice, communication, professional accountability, woman-centred care and core midwifery skills are all represented in this unit of learning.

This unit prepares the students for further examination, ongoing assessment and management of a small caseload of women in year three when they will continue with Managing a Caseload which is a ten credit unit at level 6.


  • To enable the continued development of knowledge and skills in midwifery by allowing the student to gain experience in the care, including the recruitment and selection, of a small caseload of women.
  • To demonstrate a developing competence in assessing risk and planning appropriate care throughout the childbearing process, fully participating in the clinical decision making process, and under the guidance of a midwife.

Teaching and learning methods

The unit will be delivered over a single semester and the extended semester two, utilising a range of teaching/learning approaches, these will include key note lectures, action learning, case scenarios, on line learning , self-directed learning and learning in practice. These methods will facilitate an equitable approach to evidence based learning which will enable the students to explore appropriate strategies to recruit and carry a small caseload of women and have a sound knowledge of the most appropriate referral mechanisms and management of low risk women. Thus, students will identify, review and disseminate information relevant to provide individual care to women on their caseload. The students will utilise the knowledge gained from teaching/learning to inform their supervised practice in the clinical area and aid in the achievement of the NMC pre-registration midwifery, clinical domains.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Discuss the strategy and planning processes required for managing a small caseload of women in partnership with women and a qualified midwife mentor.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the statutory, legal, political and governmental influences on the provision of maternity care.
  • Critically analyse approaches to risk assessment for low risk women and able to identify when appropriate referral may be required

Intellectual skills

  • Discuss and analyse the antenatal assessment of women.
  • Participate in a collaborative way in multidisciplinary decision-making, planning and implementation of midwifery care.
  • Review and reflect on their own practice, in the light of the available evidence and the outcomes of their care and identify appropriate actions to develop their knowledge
  • Identify the specific role and responsibilities of the midwife when delivering care to women in the ante natal period

Practical skills

  • With guidance from with a qualified midwife mentor recruit a suitable sample of low risk women.
  • Demonstrate a competent level of midwifery skill in the management of the normal process of pregnancy.
  • Provide under the guidance of a qualified midwife mentor, evidence based, woman centred midwifery care throughout the antenatal period

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with women, their families and the multi-disciplinary team; both verbal and written where appropriate.
  • Demonstrate the principles of professional accountability with respect to the delivery of midwifery care; promoting, consent, advocacy and confidentiality as and when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates tools required for effective risk assessment, problem solving and decision-making.
  • Effectively utilise a range of learning resources including information technology.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Practical skills assessment 50%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all undergraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 6
Seminars 19
Tutorials 10
Placement hours
Placement 217.5
Independent study hours
Independent study 40

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alice Ciolino Unit coordinator

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