BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Managing a case load

Unit code NURS31321
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit follows on from the unit Establishing a case load completed at the end of year two. The unit of learning builds on the knowledge and skills surrounding case holding management in a midwifery setting.

Specifically, the student will develop critical review skills with the opportunities to examine the midwife’s responsibility to provide safe care for women. This will be achieved by the student working with indirect supervision (NMC 2009) by holding a caseload of women (between 3 and 6), for whom they are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care.

There is an emphasis on collaborating with women to achieve appropriate referral and management with other members of the healthcare team to enhance the outcomes for the woman and baby. Therefore the programmes’ threads of evidence based practice, communication, professional accountability, women centred care are all represented in this unit of learning.

Aims

  • To prepare the students for professional practice by focusing on the professional and managerial issues surrounding care provision supporting women’s health.
  • To develop ongoing skills in assessing risk when planning and implementing holistic care by enabling students to develop their ability to critically analyse and synthesise midwifery case loading in practice.

Teaching and learning methods

The unit will be delivered over a single semester utilising a range of teaching/learning approaches, these will include key note lectures, action learning, on line learning, self-directed learning and learning in practice. As this unit carries no credits of theory, the teaching and learning methods will facilitate an equitable approach to evidence based learning in practice, which will enable the students to reflect on practice and have a sound knowledge of the most appropriate referral mechanisms and management of low risk women on their caseload. 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 practice in the clinical area and aid in the achievement of the NMC pre-registration midwifery, clinical domains

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically evaluate the complex legal and statutory frameworks that guide and govern midwifery practice.
  • Critically review approaches to risk assessment for low risk women and able to identify when appropriate referral may be required

Intellectual skills

  • Ability to apply the role and responsibilities of the midwife when delivering care to women during the pregnancy continuum, and solve challenges as appropriate.
  • Operate in a collaborative way in multidisciplinary decision-making, planning and implementation of midwifery care.
  • Critically 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

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the role and responsibilities of the midwife when delivering care to women during the pregnancy continuum, and solve challenges as appropriate.
  • Operate in a collaborative way in multidisciplinary decision-making, planning and implementation of midwifery care.
  • Critically 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.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Lead in the provision of care so that they can manage a case load of clients, utilising time management skills, assessing needs and identifying priorities
  • Demonstrate the principles of professional accountability with respect to the delivery of midwifery care; promoting, consent, advocacy and confidentiality as and when appropriate.
  • Effectively utilise a range of learning resources including information technology

Assessment methods

Students will be expected to write a 2,000 word reflection. This should be related to a woman to whom you have provided continuity of carer.

By critically reviewing the care given during this unit of study, reflect on the outcome of care given providing in-depth and detailed rationale for the decisions made, drawing on relevant evidence to support critical review.

Evidence of completing workload associated with managing a caseload (signed by Practice Supervisor/Assessor) in white book section on PARE.

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 postgraduate 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 4
Tutorials 14
Placement hours
Placement 142.5
Independent study hours
Independent study 19.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Carol Porteous Unit coordinator

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